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There are few things more frustrating than a malfunctioning PC. No matter if it is your printer, sound card or media player not functioning at its best, the result is always a headache. ParetoLogic DriverCure can alleviate it.
Quite often, the problem is not with the hardware device or software, but rather with a driver. Drivers are integral parts of your computer system and act as communicators between your hardware devices, software and operating system. If you do not have the right drivers or have old, corrupted ones, the communication is murky, or non-existent. That means your hardware devices' performance will greatly be hampered, or might not work at all.
It can be a challenge to find device drivers and keep them updated. The discs that come with your scanner or other hardware can easily be misplaced and will not include the latest driver. Some people try to manually update their drivers via online searches. This can be a long, frustrating process that is not guaranteed to produce the correct driver. As well, some sites are not trustworthy and might be using drivers as the carrot to entice you into downloading spyware or other malicious code.
ParetoLogic DriverCure thoroughly and quickly scans your computer to see which drivers you need. Then it uses an ever growing database to make sure you have the correct and latest drivers. Using the most up-to-date drivers not only helps ensure that your hardware devices work, but also increases stability and can bring new features to your computer system. ParetoLogic DriverCure helps you keep your drivers up to date with an innovative email notification system that lets you know if a new driver is available for your hardware devices.
Tip of the Month
Always keep your MS Security Updates up-to-date.
Q. I have three children, ranging from a girl who is 16 to a boy who is 9. They use the Internet often and while I trust them, I would like to add a parental controls product to our PC for their safety. I am concerned parental controls software might block things that are OK with my oldest daughter or allow content that is not appropriate for my young son. What can I do?
A. Dear "Concerned"
You are correct that it can be tricky to choose a product that fits your entire family. However, ParetoLogic PGsurfer is a free, flexible product that features customizable profiles for users. This means you can set up profiles that allow your children to surf to sites that are appropriate for their age. You can set the profiles to block certain websites, such as chat rooms and social networking sites, if you wish. For more information on ParetoLogic PGsurfer, please click on the link. Also, check out SafeSurfer.org a companion website providing a safe place for kids to play online and valuable safe surfing information for both young people and parents.
Proudly located on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, ParetoLogic was recently recognized as the Business Examiner Magazine's Technology Company of the Year for 2008
on Vancouver Island.
"We are honoured to have been selected as the Technology Company of the Year," ParetoLogic CEO and Co-Founder Elton Pereira said. "These awards represent the best of the best of Vancouver Island business and we are proud to have been selected as part of that group. Our success is due to the hard work, talents and teamwork that our staff demonstrates daily."
The award recognizes the exciting year that 2008 was for ParetoLogic. It included the launching of the comprehensive spyware and virus solution ParetoLogic
Anti-Virus PLUS and the introduction of the well-respected Malware Diaries blog penned by two ParetoLogic computer security analysts. The "little company that could" has grown to more than 140 employees, helping it earn a spot on the prestigious PROFIT magazine's Hot 50 ranking of Canada's Emerging Growth Companies. It was one of several awards that ParetoLogic earned during the 2008 calendar year.
The recent announcement that MySpace has removed the profiles of 90,000 registered sex offenders over the past two years have many worried about its safety and that of fellow social networking sites such as Facebook.
MySpace's recently announced figure is 40,000 more than the previously released number, according to a Feb. 4 Los Angeles Times article. As well as booting the registered offenders, MySpace has also turned their information over to the attorney general of Connecticut in response to a subpoena.
"Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace – shown by our subpoena – is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable," said Connecticut attorney general Michael Blumenthal in a statement printed in a Feb. 3 New York Times article. "For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using fake names and ages."
During Barack Obama’s successful run for both the Democratic nomination and the United States presidency, the former junior senator from Illinois used technology to his advantage. Now, as the leader of the free world, Obama continues to embrace websites and social media, which helped him connect with voters. However, are politics safe online?
Two online sites connected with Obama have been hacked and then there is his much discussed wireless device. But, the Internet could soon have an even larger role in U.S. politics.
Following the use of online voting for expatriates in a special presidential primary last February, at least six states are considering allowing Internet voting for military and overseas voters in general elections as early as this year. Other nations have already embraced e-voting. In March, Latvia will let all voters cast ballots online. Britain, Switzerland, Australia and Estonia are among the countries that have experimented with it, according to a Jan. 12 National Journal Online article.
Affiliate Summit West 2009
Earlier this year ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2009. At this prestigious event, the company launched its exciting "Sell Big, Win Mini" contest. Click here to learn more about this lucrative opportunity...
Pareto networks with the best
There were more than registered attendees at the Affiliate Summit West 2009, the premier conference for affiliate marketing. The event, held in Las Vegas, has seen an increase in registered participants and booths every year since its 2003 inception. In fact, a number of people had to be turned away because the Summit was sold out. The event gave ParetoLogic an opportunity to network with many of the top affiliates. Opportunities exist for many exciting partnerships to come out of the relationships made at the Affiliate Summit West 2009.
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...
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 computers, you will also be able to impress your friends with your newfound knowledge.
Categorized into device drivers or software drivers, drivers act as translators between your hardware devices, software and operating system. Printers, scanners and other hardware devices require specialized commands. However, software uses more generic instructions. Drivers take the command from the software and translate it into a precise command which the hardware device can understand. Specific drivers are needed for each piece of hardware, and even different models require a distinct driver.
"I have tried no less than a half dozen supposed ‘cures’ for what ails my computer. None of them did anything other than tell me I had numerous errors, which were not corrected after purchasing the program. I came across RegCure by accident and thought I would try one more. All the problems I had been complaining about disappeared with a minimum of fuss. I was able to open sites that had previously given me only an error message.
Thank you so much."
"Your product is the best registry scan/repair that I have ever used. I have tried many, many of your competitor's software and threw my money away. RegCure is by far the easiest to use, has the features that I value, and actually works. Thanks again for your assistance and Happy Thanksgiving."
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.
For more than three years Janie L. Montgomery has been a key part of the team. The Computer Systems Technologist is a Quality Assurance Analyst. Along with other members of ParetoLogic’s Quality Assurance Team, Janie helps research, develop and test all new or version upgrades of Pareto products. The team is crucial in making sure ParetoLogic continues to be a leader in online safety and PC optimization with products that meet our high standards of quality and performance.
"I like the challenges as well as the technical side of the work, as analyzing software and investigating issues is very intriguing."
In some instances, Janie is the QA Project Lead. In this role, she manages the testing process and works closely with the developers and project managers to create, test and implement the best product possible.
Janie plays the question game:
One word that describes ParetoLogic: Innovative
Movie you have watched over and over: "Ironman"
Guilty pleasure song that you downloaded: "(You Want to) Make a Memory" by Bon Jovi
Last thing you read: Internet article on the movie "Paradox," which recently concluded filming in Vancouver
Kayak, bike or yoga mat: Yoga mat used for stretching, napping, or sharing with the cat.
Where she plays
Website that blows your mind: www.safesurfer.org.
In order to keep her PC safe and running well, Janie uses all of ParetoLogic’s products. "I trust our software to protect and optimize my computers at work
Be sure to check out Janie’s Internet Safety Tip of the Month in the sidebar
to the left.