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Pareto's Perks

It's a common problem: a file that can't be opened. A friend sends you a file, and you are not exactly sure what it is so you double-click to open it. It doesn't open so you start trying various programs to try to crack that nut. Or maybe you try to research what kind of file it is by using the file extension (the suffix that appears after the filename). But time ticks by and you get no closer to opening the file.

In today's computer age where files are sent around constantly, this is a typical problem. ParetoLogic now has a unique solution. The innovative company has responded once again to users' needs and has introduced FileCure.

Usually the problem is that the necessary software is not installed, or the wrong program is associated with the file type. FileCure's advanced technology will scan your computer to let you know what file format your files are, and which software can open them. If you do not have the required program to open the file, FileCure will set you up to download safe software that fits your needs. FileCure really takes the hassle out of dealing with mystery files.

As well, FileCure also puts some important, easy-to-use tools in your hands. For example, sometimes when you double-click on a file it does not open even if you have the right program installed. FileCure has a Manage feature that lets you change what are called file associations. You can ensure that Adobe Photoshop is used for all your file extension JPG files. Plus, FileCure has a handy Monitor tool. It keeps an eye on your file associations and lets you know if a program is trying to change them. FileCure actively helps you stop file extension problems.

With FileCure, you also get peace of mind with a professional software support crew. Our team is always looking to make this great program even better. You will benefit with free product and database updates. This service ensures you will be ready for any emerging file extensions. As well, the Customer Care and Support Team is here to answer any questions you have. This group is dedicated to your satisfaction.

Please click on the links above to learn more about ParetoLogic FileCure, and ParetoLogic's other PC optimization and security products.

 

Internet Security

Tip of the Month

If you are concerned about Internet advertising, consider an add-on to block these, such as Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox. This way you can actually see the content of the web pages you want to visit instead of having unwanted ads popping up everywhere.

 

Questions & Answers

Q. I have just upgraded to the new Windows 7 operating system. I like it so far, but some of my hardware does not work. Do you happen to know why?

Signed: "No Printer"

A. Dear "No Printer"
Often the problem with hardware that does not work is the device driver. These are small software programs that act as translators between the hardware (such as your printer, scanner or even video display), software and operating system. If an acceptable driver is not installed, your hardware might not work at its best or even at all. Drivers are often specific to certain operating systems and hardware devices.

ParetoLogic's DriverCure lets you update the drivers for your new operating system the easy way. With all of your devices plugged in, it will scan your system to see which devices you need. DriverCure then will refer to an ever-growing database to make sure you have the latest drivers, which ensures your hardware will operate at its best. As well, when new drivers are available, DriverCure will alert you with an email. It couldn't be easier to update your drivers.

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

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Top Story
FileCure solves headaches of file extensions, associations

FileCure solves headaches of file extensions, associations

ParetoLogic has just the thing for the file extension and association problems that cause headaches and prevent you from opening your files. The company, well-established as a leader in online security and PC optimization, has launched FileCure. This innovative yet user-friendly program solves the ongoing problem of "how do I open this file?"

"We all get those 'mystery' files, documents with strange file extensions or have not been able to open a file. These problems are frustrating and can take a lot of time and effort to solve," said Norm Eldridge, ParetoLogic's Technical Product Manager. "However, with FileCure, we at ParetoLogic have created an easy-to-use solution to these problems. FileCure can help you fix file extension errors and find the right software to open files. It is jam packed with a variety of features to make managing files and monitoring file extensions a whole lot easier."

File extensions should help you figure what type of file you are trying to open. A file extension is the suffix, usually three (.doc, .mp3, .exe) or four (.docx) letters long, that appears after the file name. They identify what the file type is. However, there are many extensions and you likely don't know them all. Also, at times the file extensions may be missing or hidden.

FileCure can help. It uses advanced technology to scan your files, then, in an easy to understand display, tells you what format they are in and which programs can open it. If you not have the appropriate program to crack open a file, FileCure can link you to the online software you need.


Learn more about how FileCure can help you open frustrating files »


ParetoLogic earns Microsoft Certified Partner status, rolls out more software compatible with Windows 7

ParetoLogic's expertise and success has been recognized with new credentials: the innovative Victoria, B.C. software company has been named a Microsoft Certified Partner.

"We are very excited to have achieved Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program," said Elton Pereira, ParetoLogic's CEO and Co-Founder. "This recognizes our success as well as the talent and accomplishments of our team. Our Certified Partner status will only enhance what we are able to offer our customers."

ParetoLogic's achieving of the esteemed title of Certified Partner is a win-win for the company and the loyal users of its line of PC optimization and security software. As a Certified Partner, ParetoLogic will be party to such benefits as access to new development tools, advanced technical training and support. This new infrastructure will help ParetoLogic to create new software and better serve its customers.

In order to become a Microsoft Certified Partner, a company must meet a strict set of criteria. Successful organizations demonstrate expertise in not only their field but also use of Microsoft technology.

Learn more about ParetoLogic being a Microsoft Certified Partner »


Universal translators are coming ... slowly

It has often been said that computers and the Internet are making a global village. Of course, it doesn't make much of a difference if you can't talk to your neighbors.

"To become a smarter planet, the world needs a shared vocabulary for collaboration – particularly the business community," said David Lubensky, an IBM researcher who is managing that company's universal text translator project, n.Fluent.

In the science fiction series "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, a leech-like creature called a Babel fish was used for instantaneous translation. However, by opening the doors of communication, the Babel fish indirectly led to conflicts and wars. This is something the minds working on both universal speech and text translators certainly hope to avoid. When dealing with language things get well ... complicated.

"Translation is a human linguistic and cognitive task that involves understanding ideas and aligning sentences in context," Dr. Graeme Hirst, a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, was quoted as saying in a Nov. 24 Globetechnology.com article.

Learn more about the challenges of universal translators »


ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2009.
Earlier this year ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit East 2009.

Affiliate Summit East 2009

ParetoLogic was pleased to be part of the Affiliate Summit East, which was held Aug. 9-11 in New York City. The event is the premier affiliate marketing conference in the Eastern United States. At the summit, ParetoLogic was pleased to announce a new and ongoing contest, which allows top-selling
ParetoLogic affiliates to win a
2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R.

Meeting the best

Every year the Affiliate Summit East draws the best affiliates and vendors from all over the world. It is an opportunity for affiliate marketing professionals and companies to exchange ideas, keep up on new trends and network. The ParetoLogic delegates were delighted to meet new people and pursue new and exciting opportunities.

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...


Malware Diaries Blog »

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 computers. As well as giving you a better understanding of PCs, you will also be able to astound people with your newfound knowledge.

Unfriend

Unfriend means to take someone off your friend list on social networking sites, such as Facebook, LiveJournal and MySpace. While "unfriend" showed up in the online Urban Dictionary in 2004, it has definitely gained popularity over the past few years. It was recently selected as the 2009 Word of the Year by the Oxford University Press.

Trojan

Trojans pose as useful programs but actually are spyware, adware or other malware. While they might take their name from the Trojan horse of mythology, they definitely harness the latest technology. For example, the URLzone Trojan horse and Zeus (also known as Zbot or Prg Banking Trojan) have reportedly been used to steal bank account information or send spam. One of the latest scams to get computer users to download Zeus was an email asking people who want to be vaccinated for swine flu to download a vaccination profile archive by clicking on a link. Of course, the link installs the Trojan horse. This summer, one PC security report stated that Trojans accounted for 83 per cent of the malware detected.

ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS offers proven protection against Trojans, keyloggers, spyware, viruses and other malware. If you are concerned about your children's activities on social networking sites, please check out the free, parental controls software, PGsurfer.

Community Forum

"I can honestly say, I think RegCure is one of the best investments I
stumbled across a few years back. It seems I have had very few (if any) operating system stability issues since installing RegCure. It seems the operating system operates much more efficiently with less glitches and failures."

Darren

Click the link to learn about RegCure Registry Cleaner

"It worked. You people have the best support system I have ever dealt with on the Internet. Tell your bosses you all deserve a $100 bonus for Xmas."

Steve

Click to find more about ParetoLogic's line of security and optimization products

"I certainly will be renewing when the time comes in April, as from what I've used and seen in past years, I genuinely believe you have the best products on the market, and will continue to. Glad you're in the business
and developed our product line – as well as the excellent newsletter, truly looking out for each and every customer. Again, thanks so very much for
the super attention. I file all emails I receive from ParetoLogic, great info. Have a good upcoming holiday season."

Patricia

Click on the product name to learn more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware 7.0

Team Player
Team Player

Here is your opportunity to get to know a member of Team Pareto!

Each month we give you a little insight into a member of Team Pareto. You get a chance to learn about the work and life of an important link in the ParetoLogic chain.

Team Player - Maria is Team Germany Soccer fan

Maria Schmidt enjoys the ever-changing nature of her position with ParetoLogic's outstanding Customer Care and Support Team. This exemplary customer service representative likes how she is constantly learning new things at work.

When asked about the one word she would use to describe ParetoLogic, Maria said "friendly." Not surprisingly, this is also the word many use when speaking about the Team Germany soccer fan. She is entrusted to help train new staff members and succeeds with her openness to questions, willingness to help and expertise. Customer Support Team Manager Stephanie Stockton said Maria coaches new team members not only on the technical aspects of the job but also on how to interact with customers on a personal level.

"Maria brings a lot to ParetoLogic: her experience, intelligence, logic skills and empathy have placed her on many project teams and won many friends among the staff and fans among the customers," Stephanie said. "She has a professional attitude and a desire to improve not only herself but the department as a whole, and it shows in her interactions with others."

Maria plays the question game:

Song you never tire of: "Hold On" by Tom Waits

Movie you would strongly recommend to everyone: "Traitor" or "Up"

Book you want to read again: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig

Where she plays

When not working, Maria enjoys adventuring, doing the New York Times crossword puzzles and working on art projects. Online, she likes to checkout igoogle.com and ncix.com. In the event something goes missing on her computer, Maria trusts ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro. Take a look at Maria's Internet Safety Tip of the Month on the sidebar to the left.

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