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Pareto's Perks

Have you ever received a file from a friend that you just cannot open? You double-click and that does not work. You then try some of your regular programs: Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and even Windows Media Player. Nothing works. So, what do you do?

ParetoLogic FileCure takes all of the frustration and guess work out of trying to open mystery files. All you have to do is open FileCure and start a scan or even just drag the frustrating file onto the FileCure window. ParetoLogic FileCure then will scan to see what kinds of files it is and if you have the necessary software to open it. If the sophisticated FileCure does not detect a program that supports the file format you are trying to open, it will provide you with a link to the appropriate software. It really is just that simple!

This easy-to-use program also helps you in other ways. Rather than providing cluttered features that you will never use, ParetoLogic FileCure gives you the tools that you need. For example, it can help you manage your file extensions.

File extensions are the letters that usually appear after a period following the name of a file, for example: ParetoLogic.doc or ParetoLogic.mp3. Your computer assigns specific software to open these files. At times, the extensions become incorrectly assigned and maybe Adobe Photoshop is trying to play your favorite song! In other cases, newly installed software might try to hog certain file types for itself while you would prefer your old standby program to open them. ParetoLogic FileCure's "Manage" feature lets you decide which programs will open certain file types. As well, the "Monitor" keeps an eye on your file associations and alerts you if someone or something is changing them. In these ways, ParetoLogic FileCure prevents future file problems on your PC.

It also has an easy-to-use scheduler. By doing regular scans, you can assure that all of the file types on your PC are supported. As well, ParetoLogic FileCure's handy "Ignore" list lets you skip certain extensions in upcoming scans. That way it will not fill up your screen with items that you are aware of or do not wish to fix. An additional feature is free technical support. ParetoLogic's team is professional, experienced and knowledgeable. They look forward to answering any questions you have.

Please use the links to learn more about ParetoLogic FileCure or to find out about ParetoLogic's security and PC optimization products.

 

Internet Security

Tip of the Month

I have always found that keeping your software up-to-date provides the best security for one's system. Also, having children in the home, you might find our PGsurfer to be a great addition in keeping their online surfing and playing to be secure and safe!

 

Questions & Answers

Q. I am worried about spyware and other bad things downloading in between my scanning with anti-spyware and anti-virus products. What else can I do to protect my PC?

Signed: "Concerned"

A. Dear "Concerned"
You are correct to be concerned about trying to stop spyware and other malware before it gets a chance to make a home on your computer. Many of ParetoLogic's security products feature "Active Protection," which may alleviate your concerns. Active Protection, sometimes called "Real-Time Blocking," stops spyware before it can set up shop. This feature monitors your computer and if it detects something trying to download without your permission, it will block it, alert you and offer some options on how to proceed. In this way, Active Protection prevents what is called a "Drive-by download." These downloads of malicious code can occur by just visiting a site or maybe clicking on a deceptive window that has popped up.

ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS features Active Protection as well as being engineered to handle both viruses and spyware. ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware also has Real-Time Blocking. This product is a premium defense against spyware, Trojans, hijackers, keyloggers and other malware. Please use the links to learn more about ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware and ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS.

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
Strong 2009 earns ParetoLogic a spot on VIATeC 25

Strong 2009 earns ParetoLogic a spot on VIATeC 25

With hard work and innovation, ParetoLogic has proven itself to be a survivor.

The PC optimization and security software company, based in Victoria, B.C., recently was recognized as one of the top technology companies in its area as it was named to the VIATeC 25. The list features the biggest Greater Victoria technology companies according to revenue.

"In what was a tough year economically worldwide, we at ParetoLogic are very pleased that we were able to be successful," said Don Wharton, ParetoLogic's Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder. "It is an honour to be recognized as one of the best companies in a very active Vancouver Island technology community."

The VIATeC 25 is announced annually by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC). KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies in the world, sponsors the prestigious list and helps gather and compile the data.

Learn more about ParetoLogic's success in 2009 »


Be careful when looking for love online

The Internet's various dating websites have brought together many soul mates. However, it is important to be cautious because there are more dangerous threats than cupid's arrows.

Unfortunately, cybercriminals have been known to prey upon those looking for love. If you are not careful, your desire to meet your certain mate could cause you financial or even physical harm.

"All fraud is destructive but dating scammers are particularly ruthless as they abuse the emotional trust and attachments that people invest when looking for someone," Health Clayton, Senior Director of the U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading's Consumer group, said in a Feb. 8 Claims Financial website article.

Before Valentine's Day, the OFT was warning people to be wary of potential scams. An extreme example of an Internet love scam was detailed in the September, 2007 edition of the ParetoLogic newsletter. A 56-year-old Australian farmer was lured to West Africa to meet his bride and collect her gold bar dowry worth $85,000. When he arrived, he was captured by armed bandits. They took his cash and credit cards and threatened to cut off his limbs with a machete if he didn't give them $85,000. When the kidnappers went to collect their ransom they were apprehended by police.

Learn more about how to be safe when looking for love online »


Should the Internet win the Nobel Peace Prize?

We can all agree that the Internet is powerful. But, has it helped our world be a more peaceful place? If you believe the Italian edition of Wired magazine, the answer is "yes." The publication has nominated the Internet for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

"The Internet can be considered the first weapon of mass construction, which we can deploy to destroy hate and conflict and to propagate peace and democracy," Wired Italy Editor-in-Chief Riccardo Luna stated in an official press release on the Internet For Peace website. "What happened in Iran after the latest election, and the role the web played in spreading information that would otherwise have been censored, are only the newest examples of how the Internet can become a weapon of global hope."

Not everyone is championing the Net for arguably the most recognized honour in the world. Critics raise such questions as, if it should win, who would actually receive the prize? On the Foreign Policy website researcher and blogger Evgeny Morozov argues against what he says would be rewarding people who acted in commercial interests whose invention just happened to be used for a noble purpose. In a Feb. 6 opinion piece on theTimes of India website, Anil Thakkar wrote:

"The Nobel Prize is a celebration of human excellence. It recognizes the extraordinary heights that the intellect and spirit are capable of achieving. To hand it out to what is essentially a technology – a medium of communication – is to make mockery of the entire exercise."

Learn more about the Nobel Peace Prize »


ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2009.
Earlier this year ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2010.

Affiliate Summit West 2010

ParetoLogic representatives were among the more than 4,000 attendees at the Affiliate Summit West. The record attendance demonstrates how the Jan. 17-19 event in Las Vegas is the premier affiliate marketing conference in the Western United States. While at the event, ParetoLogic launched an
on-going contest in which top-selling
affiliates could win a 2010
Harley-Davidson® Super Glide® Custom.

The best meet

The Affiliate Summit West draws the top affiliates and vendors from around the globe. It was an opportunity for ParetoLogic to renew relationships and show appreciation for the efforts of its loyal affiliates. As well, it gave the company the chance to forge new relationships. The Affiliate Summit West is also a great place for vendor and affiliates to exchange ideas and network.

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.

Tracking Cookies

A tracking cookie is special text that is stored on your computer by a web browser. These cookies keep track of where you go online and then send this information back to the website they came from. Cookies can be very useful, as you cannot access certain websites (such as some shopping or banking sites) without them. However, many people do not like the idea of advertisers and marketing strategists knowing where they go online.

WMV

WMV stands for Windows Media Video. It is a compressed video format that was developed by Microsoft. It is a sister file format to .WMA, which is used for Windows Media audio files. A few different programs can open .WMV files, however the Microsoft Windows Media Player is of course the most commonly used.

ParetoLogic Privacy Controls protects your privacy by completely deleting cookies and other unwanted, confidential or potentially embarrassing information from your computer and web browser. If you have a file with an extension that you do not recognize, ParetoLogic FileCure can tell you what it is and which software can open it. To learn more about these products, please click on the links or go here to find out about ParetoLogic's complete line of powerful software.

Community Forum

"I have now downloaded XoftSpySE and it is working very well on my nice new, shiny computer. Such service is greatly appreciated and I will be sure to mention it to my colleagues. Thank you very much again. Best wishes,"

Max Watson

Use the link to find out more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware 7.0

"Thank you for your very quick response! I followed the steps and successfully renewed my license. Your customer service is excellent and it ensures I will continue to use your product. Thanks again,"

Cheryl

Click to learn more about RegCure Registry Cleaner

"I also have run a scan with the latest RegCure. Everything seems to be working fine. Time will tell. I also would like to say thank you very much for all your help and quick responses, that certainly will help in my decision to re-register for your product next year. Good customer service is key!"

Klaus

Click to learn more about ParetoLogic's full line of software

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. This month is an exciting one at ParetoLogic and in Canada as the Vancouver and Whistler region is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. With a multi-national staff, the Pareto family will be enthusiastically cheering for a number of teams in the games, including of course Team Canada.

Team Player - Tara cheers for the Canadian Olympic teams

Tara G. is an indispensible member of the Pareto Customer Care and Technical Support Team. She embraces her role in helping answer users' questions and assisting them in getting the most out of their ParetoLogic software. In her job, Tara finds a new challenge every day and enjoys learning more ways to help customers. She really likes the true team dynamic of the ParetoLogic support crew.

"I really enjoy being able to help my fellow teammates in any way I can," she said. "Working for the past 20-plus years in many different forms of the customer service industry, I find this team to be one of the best!"


Tara plays the Question Game:

Words you'd use to describe ParetoLogic: Flexible, fabulous, innovative

Song you never tire of: "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone

Book you want to read again: The Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel

Where she plays

With a family of four, Tara is very busy. In her limited free time, she enjoys audio books, cross stitching and walks in some of Victoria, B.C.'s many great parks. However, the best thing for Tara is to be able to take her young son to the park and to play games with their imaginations.

Tara gets some free time online, she enjoys connecting with friends and family on social networking sites. As well, she also checks out KIV (Kids in Victoria). To protect herself and her family, Tara uses ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware 7.0 and PGsurfer. Be sure to check out her Internet Security Tip of the Month on the sidebar to the left.

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