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Around Valentine's Day, it seems like more files than ever fly around. It could be photos of your sweetheart, ecard attachments, funny videos, MP3s of love songs or a Word document of a poem. It can be very frustrating to not be able to open these files.

ParetoLogic FileCure can help! It is the answer to your file frustrations. You can just drag and drop your file onto the FileCure window. FileCure scans the file to see what they are, which programs can open it and then helps you acquire the necessary programs. This software can save you hours of frustration trying to find the right software to open various files. FileCure can get you what you need to open file extensions such as PDF, JPG, TIF, DOC, DOCX, MP3, DIVX, WMV, SIT, ZIP and many, many more.

Sometimes you double-click on a file and a program you don't want launches. This is due to an incorrect file association. FileCure has a handy file manager feature which makes it simple to control which software is associated with specific file extensions.

In addition, FileCure monitors your file associations. Some software tries to hog certain file extensions. If a program or another user changes a file association, FileCure will alert you.

Like all ParetoLogic products, FileCure is easy-to-use. The work flow is straight-forward. In addition, the tools can be found quickly and used. As well, FileCure is backed by a great technical support team that can answer any questions you might have. You receive free technical support during the life of your subscription.


Internet Security

Tip of the Month

When doing such activities as online banking, consider using the "Private Browsing" option on your web browser. This lets you browse the web without keeping a history of your activities. This protects you from cybercriminals and identity thieves.


Questions & Answers

Q. How do I delete my Internet history?

Signed: Concerned

A. Dear Concerned:

This is a great question! Your web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, saves the pages you visit. This makes revisits to that page faster because the browser loads them from your hard disk drive rather than downloading them again.

However, it is a good idea to routinely delete these saved pages. One reason is to protect yourself from identity theft. In addition to the pages, your browser is saving such things as login credentials and passwords. To protect yourself, these need to deleted. In addition, erasing your Internet history routinely means that others do not see the pages you are viewing. As well, it helps conserve disk space.

You can delete your Internet history in several ways. One easy way of doing this is by using ParetoLogic Privacy Controls. This powerful product thoroughly erases your Internet history as well as other confidential or potentially embarrassing information on your PC. Privacy Controls' secure deletion function exceeds U.S. Government Military Standards.

Other ParetoLogic programs, such as RegCure Pro, also delete Internet browsing history and privacy files. As well, you can delete the Internet history through your web browser. In Internet Explorer, versions 6 and above, you can erase the history by clicking Tools, Delete or Delete Files button. In Firefox, you can click on the browser name at the top, then hover over History and click on Clear Recent History.

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

How to deal with online bullying

Back in 2007, a male Grade 9 student in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. A pair of Grade 12 males decided to wear pink - and got their friends and classmates to as well - in support of the student and to take a stand against bullying. The day is now recognized across Canada as Anti-Bullying Day or Pink Shirt Day.

In today's age, bullying does not just occur in schools. It is also takes place online and is known as cyberbullying. Here are some tips for dealing with cyberbullying:

  • The most important thing is to try to maintain good communication with your child. This way, if an incident does occur, the chances they will talk to you about it increases.
  • Look for such common warning signs as depression, withdrawal from social situations and unusual behaviour.

Learn more: About how to handle cyberbullying situations »

Be careful with FaceBook's changes

Facebook recently introduced a new Timeline feature, which shows your entire history on Facebook and may leave it accessible to everyone on the Internet. Since Timeline will become mandatory for Facebook profiles, now is the time to take a few minutes and lock down those parts of your Facebook you do not want the world to see. These three simple steps will help get your information under control.

Edit Your Profile: Start first by adjusting which parts of your profile are visible on Facebook. Once you have logged into your Facebook account, go to your profile and click on about in the bottom left corner of the main information pane.

This will take you to a page where you can edit information about yourself – work and education, relationship status, family, history, and more. In each box, you will see a small image next to a downward facing arrow - this is where you change who can view the information.

Learn more: How to test view your Facebook profile »

Do you know what your phone is sharing?

If you carry an iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry device, you enjoy the convenience of having a lot of important and personal information easily accessible in your smartphone - contact information, emails, pictures, text messages, documents, etc. However, you may not be the only one using that information.

The world of mobile phone applications, called apps, is growing at an incredible rate, but security is failing to keep pace. This results in privacy breaches for users, which are situations where an app intentionally collects and distributes a user's personal information without the user's knowledge or consent. Recently, an app called Carrier IQ made headlines for possibly breaching privacy of users. This app, which comes built into many phones, is accused of recording keystrokes and text messages created on devices, without any knowledge or consent from the device users.

There are also a great deal of other apps that also collect and transmit information from mobile devices, with consent via the Terms of Service listed at installation of an app. Terms of Service are a lengthy list of conditions under which you can use an app, which most users rarely read. As a result, many device users do not know which apps are collecting and using their personal information.

Learn more: Find out what California is doing to protect users »

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.

Inclusion Award

ParetoLogic's dedication to its staff was recognized with the Inclusion Award. Presented by WCG International HR Solutions, the award honours the company for being accommodating to people with disabilities and for including them in the workplace.

Product of the Year

ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor was named the Product of the Year at the annual VIATeC awards. The honour recognized ParetoLogic for its success in commercializing an innovative technology product, in this case the all-in-one PC performance solution.


ParetoLogic earned a spot on the PROFIT 200. The software company ranked 51st on the prestigious list of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies published by PROFIT Magazine. The PROFIT 200 ranks Canadian companies by five-year revenue growth.

Product of the Year Finalist

ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor – the all-in-one PC performance solution – has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 VIATeC Product of the Year award. The Victoria Advanced Technology Council presents the award annually to a Greater Victoria company that has achieved success with the commercialization of an innovative product.

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...

Malware Diaries Blog »

Tips And Tricks
Tips and Tricks

What is Tips and Tricks?

Ever wonder what a ParetoLogic product feature does? Looking for tricks to make your computing life easier? You have come to the right place! Each month we will report on a tip, trick or maybe just something cool associated with a featured ParetoLogic product.

Filter FileCure's Manage List

In ParetoLogic FileCure, you can easily assign or change which programs open specific file extensions. When you open the FileCure Manage tool, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by a long list of file types and associations. You can filter this list by:

  1. In the Filter box, type in a file extension.
  2. Click the Refresh button.

This way you can easily isolate the extension of which you want to change the file association.

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.

Digital Camera Driver

Drivers are small programs that help hardware communicate with your computer - even for digital cameras. Drivers are specific to certain hardware devices and even models. In order to get the most out of your camera, ensure you have the correct driver installed.


The file extension DOCX is for Word Microsoft Office Open XML Format Document files. These are word processor files. The DOCX file extension was first used for Word 2007. It replaced the DOC file extension.

ParetoLogic DriverCure solves your driver problems. It scans your hardware to see which drivers you need. Then DriverCure checks to make sure you have the right - and most up-to-date driver.

Looking to open a DOCX file? ParetoLogic EasyFileViewer is a fast and easy way to open DOCX files as well as various document, text, image and archived file types.

Community Forum

"My computer was systematically slowing down from the refuse it was hoarding. Windows offered no solution. Privacy controls eradicated all of the garbage. My PC was flying again. Also, retrieving my key when I screw things up is a breeze. Your staff is da bomb!"


Learn more: about ParetoLogic Privacy Controls

"I bought the PC Health Advisor to ensure my PC was in a healthy condition. I am satisfied that the tool does what it is supposed to do and my PC is as healthy as it can be."


Learn more: about ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor

"I had a Windows XP (computer) that I just could not get the speakers to work so I was scared to buy anything that was over the net saying "we can fix your pc problem." Well, I broke down and purchased DriverCure. It repaired my pc speakers and much more... I'm very impressed. I will recommend it to anyone."


Learn more: about ParetoLogic DriverCure

Team Player
Team Player

Here is your chance to learn more about a member of Team Pareto!

Each month we highlight a different member of ParetoLogic's standout team. You get some insight into their work life as well as their likes and dislikes.

Tony leads ParetoLogic's outstanding Quality Assurance Team.

Tony leads ParetoLogic's outstanding Quality Assurance Team. As the QA Manager, he helps ensure that all ParetoLogic products and services are of the highest quality possible. Tony and the QA team keep user experience foremost in mind.

"What I enjoy most about working in QA is my participation in usability testing and in developing automated test frameworks and suites to verify, validate, and produce user-friendly, high-quality, and scalable ParetoLogic products and services," Tony said.

Tony Plays The Question Game:

Movie you could watch again and again? Matrix

Book you would like to read? A Steve Jobs biography

Hobbies? Playing pool and shopping with wife and daughter.

Tony's ParetoLogic Products

Tony knows ParetoLogic's products inside out. He personally uses ParetoLogic EasyFileViewer to open document and image files. He likes to use SpeedyPC Pro to clean privacy and junk files. As well, he has used ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro to help friends and family members recover files that were accidentally deleted. At home, Tony trusts XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware to protect his PC from spyware, adware, keyloggers, Trojans and other malware.

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