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Let's face it: life is busy. While you want to be protected from Internet threats, you don't have time to wait for a slow anti-spyware scanning engine. XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware is the solution for you.

Although it does a comprehensive scan, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware is well known for its incredible speed. Your time and resources will not be tied up thanks to its swift scanning engine.

You can rest assured of being well protected. XoftSpySE uses one of the largest spyware definition databases in the industry. XoftSpySE scours your entire system to find and remove adware, spyware, annoying pop-up generators, keyloggers, Trojans, hijackers and other forms of malware.

With free database and feature updates, you are protected during the life of your subscription. As well, ParetoLogic’s trusted Customer Care and Support Team is available to take care of any concerns or questions that might arise.

If you are looking for even more PC protection, check out ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS. This comprehensive solution combines ParetoLogic’s proven anti-spyware technology with an advanced anti-virus engine. To learn more about either of these products, please click on the links. Or click here to find out about ParetoLogic's other software options.

 

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Tip of the Month

To keep your children safe online, try using PGsurfer

 

Questions & Answers

Q. Our family uses our computer for a lot of important projects: work, school, family photos …. With so many users I worry about things getting deleted. I am considering buying Data Recovery Pro. But, I am confused … what is the difference between them?

Signed: "Curious"

A. Dear "Curious"
Thanks for your question. Data Recovery Pro is great product that can bring back to life files that you thought were gone forever. Both of these will recover a wide variety of files, such as photos, Microsoft Office documents and videos. Also, both can recover lost songs from your iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and iPod Classic.

Data Recovery Pro goes a couple of steps further by giving you the capability to recover email files. Communicating with others is very important and lost messages can really cause problems. Data Recovery Pro can retrieve deleted emails and attachments from such programs as Windows Mail (Vista Mail), Microsoft Outlook (2003/2007) and Microsoft Outlook Express 6. It can also recover files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

ParetoLogic would love to hear from you! Please submit your questions or comments to: newsletter@paretologic.com

*Please note: Due to available space, questions may not appear exactly as originally written.

 

Top Story
Facebook sites have redheads seeing bruises

Facebook sites have redheads seeing bruises

The power of Facebook was shown recently when a few groups on the popular social networking site prompted the bruising of flame-haired children. One group urged people to "get them steel toes ready." "National Kick A Ginger Day" on Nov. 20 resulted in the suspension of students in such places as Sooke, B.C. and Calgary. Most of the incidents reported by the media occurred in Canada.

In Nanaimo, B.C., a 13-year-old boy estimated he was kicked about 80 times. This prompted him to stay home from school the next day, according to a Nov. 25 Canwest New Service article. In Sooke, 20 middle school students were suspended for following the groups' instructions. More than a dozen students were suspended by Calgary’s Catholic School Board and at least two were kept out of public schools, according to a Nov. 26 Calgary Sun story.

"To feel you have to keep your children home from school for their safety is unacceptable," said Diane Paquet, a Prince George, B.C. mother, who voiced her concerns at a school board meeting. Paquet's daughter was abused on the day. The mother died her own hair red and used many colourful hair clips to draw attention to its colour at the meeting. She was quoted in a Nov. 26 Prince George Citizen article.

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Internet hoaxes pulled about stars, political figures

You can't believe everything you read – especially online.

In the last couple of months the Internet has been hit by some hoaxes that have been picked up by bloggers and other media. For example, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus and Twilight heart throb Robert Pattinson both have died, if you believed what you had read online. As well, Joe the Plumber, an overnight celeb thanks to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, had apparently gotten together with Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig. All of this was, of course, completely untrue.

"Because the internet is, largely, both democratic and unregulated, it is open not just to gossip and rumor, but outright fiction and lies," University of Victoria professor Kim Blank, who teaches pop culture, told the ParetoLogic newsletter.

"Any cyber-rascal with a modicum of wit or a coaxial axe to grind can post or blog whatever their imagination can cook up. And the best attention-gaining strategy is to create some buzz in the realm of celebritydom. Invent something about Britney, Madonna, Brad, Oprah, or Miley and some poor on-line sucker will run with it. Oh, and by the way, Elvis is not dead."

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MySpace suicide case verdict brings more questions than answers

In late November, a federal jury in Los Angeles convicted a Missouri
woman of three misdemeanor charges for her involvement in the creation of a fake MySpace profile that played a part in the suicide of a 13-year-old girl.

The verdict brought the five day trial regarding the October 2006 suicide to an end but the jury’s decision raises many questions: Why did the jury reject three felony charges? Will Lori Drew, 49, end up in prison? Will her defense lawyer, H. Dean Steward, be successful in his request for a new trial? When will Judge George H. Wu rule on the defense motion to throw out the charges?

For the computer user, there is also the question of what does this case mean for the future of cyberspace? The federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was passed in 1986 and has been amended several times since then. Usually prosecutions under the act involve hackers. Legal and computer fraud experts say prosecuting someone using social networking sites improperly under the act is a large expansion of its application.

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ParetoLogic will be a proud sponsor at the Virus Bullentin’s 2008 conference in Ottawa, Canada.
ParetoLogic will be a proud sponsor at the Virus Bullentin’s 2008 conference in Ottawa, Canada.

Serious about Viruses

Earlier this year ParetoLogic released its Anti-Virus Plus software, a premium defense against viruses. This fall ParetoLogic was a proud Gold sponsor at the Virus Bulletin’s conference in Ottawa, Canada.

Industry leaders gang up on viruses

The Virus Bulletin conference, known as the anti-malware event of the year, brought together many leaders and experts in the industry. It was an opportunity to share research and knowledge and also to set new standards. While ParetoLogic is younger than some of the veterans at the event, the company was pleased to have an opportunity to learn as well to share its exciting innovations. As ParetoLogic’s Jerome Segura noted in a Malware Diaries entry about one speaker, "the more security vendors there are, the more difficult it is for malware authors to circumvent detection."

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Malware Diaries Blog
Malware Diaries Blog

What awaits you online?

Malware Diaries gives you an inside look at what is going on in the world of spyware and malware and how to secure your computer and yourself from new and emerging threats.

Sound Advice - Open Mic with Malware Diaries' bloggers

Members of ParetoLogic's Spyware Analysis Team (S.W.A.T.) were guests of The Computer Information Show featured on C-FAX 1070 radio station. Our Computer Security specialists discussed malware, spyware and viruses with host Bill McCarter. Click to listen to the show's MP3 excerpts as the S.W.A.T. team gives advice and field questions from the listening audience...


Sound Advice - Speaking out on behalf of children and PGsurfer

ParetoLogic's Communications Director was a guest of The Computer Information Show featured on C-FAX 1070 radio station. Amanda and host Bill McCarter discussed Internet security and the safety benefits for families and children using the free PGsurfer software. Click to listen to the show's MP3 excerpts as our resident authority gives sound advice and fields question from the listening audience...


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Geek Speak
Geek Speak

Does it all sound Greek to you?

Don’t worry! Each month we will explain a word or phrase connected to the Internet. As well as giving you a better understanding of the Internet, you will also be able to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.

ActiveX controls:

ActiveX controls enable special features such as animation, which are sometimes added to websites. Usually ActiveX controls are installed by user permission so that the person can experience the website at its best. However, sometimes users are tricked into accepting ActiveX controls they do not want. These can open opportunities for malicious code to be installed or make modifications to a computer system.

Community Forum

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"I must fully compliment you and your team for delivering such high levels of Customer Service. This is rare to find and particularly given that we're both in different countries.

From the moment I contacted you until today I have received nothing but superior levels of Customer Service so thank you for that."

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Team Player
Team Player

Take a moment to get to know one of the links in the chain that is Team Pareto.

Meet a member of the ParetoLogic team! We highlight what they do with ParetoLogic to help make your PC safer, and also give you a little insight to their life away from work.


Team Player - Stephanie is a Vancouver Canucks fan

This month we are introduced to Stephanie Landucci. This talented woman works with ParetoLogic’s outstanding Customer Care and Support Team in both Tier 1 and Channel and Partner Support. She and her colleagues enjoy helping ParetoLogic customers get more out of their software.

"I save the world… one license key at a time," said Stephanie, who noted that one of her favourite parts of working at ParetoLogic is all of the friends she has here.


While away from work, Stephanie enjoys music and following the Vancouver Canucks. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria. Stephanie majored in Vocal Performance and Music History and performs with various singing groups in Victoria.

Stephanie plays the question game:

One word to describe ParetoLogic: Dynamic

Song you never tire of: "Beyond the Sea," Bobby Darin
Movie everyone should see: Taxi Driver
Last thing you read: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho
Hiking, biking or yoga: Couch-surfing

Where she plays

Stephanie also finds herself frequently checking out Wikipedia. While using her computer, she trusts XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware to help keep her PC protected.

Be sure to check out Stephanie’s Internet Safety Tip of the Month on the sidebar to the left.

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