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Pareto's Perks

A slow computer is no fun at all. Programs that hog valuable resources and make PCs sluggish are the bane of many computer users, and security programs are some of the most common programs to drag down performance. But in order to be effective, do security programs have to turn your computer into a snail?

No! XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware is an effective alternative. This trusted scan and remove program has a small footprint and will not slow your system down. However, just because it is not a resource-hog doesn't mean that it doesn't get the job done.

XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware searches for and removes spyware, adware, browser hijackers, Trojans, keyloggers and other malware. ParetoLogic's award-wining Spyware Analysis Team (SWAT) finds the latest online threats and makes sure that you are protected against them through free, frequent database updates.

This easy-to-use program also boasts some very helpful features. You can easily schedule scans to ensure that your PC is being monitored for intruders on a regular basis.

XoftSpySE enables you to edit your Startup items. This is a list of programs and processes that launch as soon as you turn on your computer. If there are too many unneeded programs trying to start, they can cause long delays to startup times. You can also speed up your web browsing by removing unwanted toolbars, plug-ins and add-ons using XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware's Browser Helper Object Editor.

As with all ParetoLogic products, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware is backed by an outstanding Technical Support Team. This unit of knowledgeable, courteous professionals is dedicated to answering all of your questions about ParetoLogic software.

Click on the links to find out more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware or learn about ParetoLogic's full line of security, optimization and security software.

 

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Tip of the Month

Be careful about opening email messages from strangers. They could include a virus or other malware. Be especially wary about clicking on attachments and links in these messages.

 

Questions & Answers

Q. I had RegCure Registry Cleaner and decided to get PC Health Advisor too. For fun, I did a registry scan with both programs. I was surprised when they had different scan results. Why?

Signed: "Confused"

A. Dear Confused

Please be assured that this is normal. These sophisticated PC cleaning and optimization programs create customized ignore lists by itself over time. These ignore lists are the reason why the scan results are different. However, this is not unusual and does not mean that one is working better than the other.

The ignore lists are compiled to prevent the detection of registry keys that would be recreated by the Windows Operating System if removed. Over time, the results of the scans from each program should become more and more similar – to the point of almost being identical.

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
Internet filtering in public places criticized

Internet filtering in public places criticized

On some BC Ferries vessels, passengers are now able to surf the web through a pilot program offering Internet access on board. However, those utilizing the WiFi service on such voyages as between Victoria, where ParetoLogic is proudly located, and Vancouver are unable to view sexual health sites.

BC Ferries' use of filtering software to block sites containing pornography has drawn criticism. The BC Liberties Association is upset that the software is stopping access to sexual health topics, including abortion, according to a Feb. 3 Globe and Mail article. A BC Ferries spokeswoman said the industry standard content filtering software blocks material in several different categories and sex education and abortion are covered.

"It's totally your business what you look at privately ... the concern is we are in a public place, there are families around ... and if you are surfing in the cafeteria, there are minors there, or someone who might be offended by it," Deborah Marshall was quoted as saying.

Learn more about internet filtering in public places »


ParetoLogic software developers are problem solvers

It was the technology of his childhood that first got Kyle thinking about programming.

"Playing games on old Commodores, TRS-80s and Apples as a kid got me interested," the ParetoLogic senior software developer said. "Games kept me interested."

Kyle works with an outstanding roster of software developers to design and develop ParetoLogic's award-winning line of security, optimization and utility products. However, a major component of their job is problem solving.

"The programming language you use is just a tool you apply to help solve the problem," Kyle said. "Solving the problem in the most efficient way possible is the real fun."

Ryan, a ParetoLogic software developer, explained the developers are presented a list of high-level requirements for a project. For example, a request might be for an application to list a computer user's startup entries, which are the processes that try to run when the machine is turned on.

"We have to translate that into, often complex, structures of code that perform the task as smoothly as possible," Ryan said. "Most of our time is spent finding ways to get things working the way we want them to. And almost everything we work on has more than one solution."

Learn more about ParetoLogic software developers »


Should the U.S. President have an Internet kill switch?

Ongoing protests in Egypt could have major impacts around the globe – and even the cyberworld.

After thousands of Egyptians took to the streets for protests, President Hosni Mubarak ordered Internet service providers to shut down all international connections. Essentially, this shut down the Internet and virtually halted communication with the outside world, according to a Feb. 9 AOL News article.

"As we watched it ... we observed something that we've really never seen before, at that scale," Jim Cowie, Chief Technology Officer at Internet traffic monitoring firm Renesys, was quoted as saying in a Feb. 1 Voice of America website article. "All of the paths that go to Egyptian providers – with very few exceptions – vanished. And in about the space of about 20 minutes, one by one, each of the providers of Internet service that has international connections in Egypt turned them off."

This action drew attention to the fact that last year U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation that, in short, would provide President Barack Obama with an Internet kill switch. Even after the events in Egypt, some sponsors of the bill, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said they plan to reintroduce the legislation this year. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act would also create a cybersecurity centre run by the Department of Homeland Security and a cyberpolicy office in the White House.

Learn more about the internet kill switch »


ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2009.
In its effort to create successful products and a great work environment, ParetoLogic and its members have been recognized with various honours and awards.

Company Awards

ParetoLogic is proud to have received numerous awards and honours over the years. These have recognized products, the company's leadership, different teams, ParetoLogic's innovation and its exponential growth. The honours have come from international companies, such as Ernest & Young; respected Canadian entities, like Profit magazine and the Branham Group; and local institutions, including the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Centre (VIATeC). Visit our Awards page for a complete list of company and product honours.

Deloitte 2010 Technology Fast 500™

ParetoLogic garnered the 2010 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ award, which recognizes the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. ParetoLogic appeared at number 83 on the list, thanks to its outstanding 1386 percent revenue growth from 2005 to 2009.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards

ParetoLogic's Elton Pereira has been honoured with the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award, Pacific Region. As the Co-founder, President, and CEO of ParetoLogic, Pereira embodies the exceptional success, innovation, and integrity that make an Entrepreneur of the Year.

Deloitte Technology Fast 50™

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award has recognized ParetoLogic's outstanding growth and expansion. ParetoLogic appeared at number 17 on the list, which ranks the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada, based on the percentage of revenue growth over five years.

Profit 100

ParetoLogic earned a spot on the 22nd annual Profit 100 list of Canada's fastest growing companies. The award recognizes the top 100 Canadian businesses that showed exceptional revenue growth over the past five years. ParetoLogic ranked #23 out of all eligible Canadian companies, a testament to the success of their software.

ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2011.
ParetoLogic was proud to be part of Affiliate Summit West 2011.

Affiliate Summit West 2011

At the Affiliate Summit West 2011, ParetoLogic representatives were pleased to be able to spend time with many of their long-time trusted affiliate partners. During the Jan. 9-11 Las Vegas event company members, including Co-Founder, President, and CEO Elton Pereira, also enjoyed getting to make new friends as well. Around the event, ParetoLogic announced a new contest for affiliates.

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 fear! Each month we 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.

SpyZeus

This malware is attracting a lot of attention in some sectors of the security industry. It is said to be a hybrid of the Trojan horses Zeus (also known as Zbot and Kneber) and rival SpyEye. Both of these programs focused on collecting banking information from unsuspecting users. This new form, known in some circles as Hydra, reportedly uses the coding which has made Zeus a popular tool for cybercriminals as well as incorporating SpyEye's more modular design. This makes it easier to add plug-ins and customizations for malicious tasks.

Whitelist

In the computer security realm, a whitelist is a collection of email addresses, websites, processes and other associated items that are known to be safe. For example, whitelisted items in your security software will not be blocked. On the flip side, known malicious websites and domains are blacklisted.

To combat Trojans and other malware, it is best to use a security solution such as ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS. This advanced program employs signature-based and heuristic scanning to locate malware and then safely ejects it from your machine. As well, it offers blocking of incoming malware. The latest version of ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS also features whitelisting of trusted processes and websites. This allows you to easily customize the scanning to your needs.

Community Forum

"I immediately purchased a new copy of XoftSpySE and it located and fixed all of the major issues but there remained a few smaller problems. After numerous emails back and forth, Mark in Tech Support was able to reduce my problems to just one in that my computer failed to shut down or restart properly. Through a Remote Access session he was able to resolve this last issue. I cannot say enough about the quality of service and the personal attention I received."

Scott

Click to learn more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware

"The problem was my HP printer which I removed the printer from the computer but not the software. Once I removed the software the error disappeared. I fought the error problem for three weeks asking several people for advice with no fix. One e-mail from you and it's fixed! I'm impressed! Also I noticed my computer running much faster since I used RegCure. I'm glad I purchased your product it works good. I want to thank you very much for your help."

Phil

Find out about RegCure Registry Cleaner

"Thanks for your prompt reply to my problem. Your solution of downloading the "unregister" program and then inputting the new reg key worked perfectly. I can now rely on Privacy Controls again to help me with my PC administration. Thanks so much again for your help and all your products.

They are a blessing for the 'average joe' trying to stay afloat in a sea of security related uncertainties out there!"

Peter

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Team Player
Team Player

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

Each month we feature a different member of the ParetoLogic team. As well as telling you about their role at ParetoLogic, we provide a little insight into their life away from work.

Team Player - Nancy, a key leader for ParetoLogic's Technical Support Team.

In her role as Contact Centre Supervisor, Nancy is a key leader for ParetoLogic's Technical Support Team. Quick with kind words and a smile, Nancy is known for jumping into tasks with both feet. Her personality and the way she helps ParetoLogic's Customer Service Representatives succeed has earned her the respect of the CSRs and managers alike.

When asked what was the best part of her job, Nancy said, "The relationships I've built with my co-workers and the limitless opportunities I've experienced as supervisor."


Nancy Plays the Question Game:

Which book do you want to read again? The Tao Te Ching

Song you can listen to over and over again? "Society" by Eddie Vedder

Movie you don't want to ever see again? Bad Santa

Bike, hike or yoga mat? Hike

Where Nancy Plays:

When not working, Nancy enjoys cheering for the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. As well, she also likes working out and shopping. Concerned about computer users protecting themselves, Nancy recommends people use ParetoLogic Privacy Controls. Check out the latest edition of the Internet Safety Tip of the Month on the sidebar to the left.

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