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With so many kinds of malware out there, every PC needs to be protected. XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware provides an easy-to-use security solution that scans quickly and effectively to find and eject malware. In addition, its small footprint means it won't slow you down. As well, it has a couple handy features to help your PC perform better.

XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware's Startup Editor helps you decrease your startup times. When you turn on your PC, a number of programs and processes try to start. Some of these, of course, are crucial to the operation of your Windows operating system. Others, such as security software, are needed once your PC is ready to go. However, there could be some unneeded processes that are just sucking up valuable resources. These could be programs that you do not need right away or don't even use regularly. With the Startup Editor, you can easily trim the list of programs that are slated to start right away.

XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware also boasts a BHO Editor. BHOs (Browser Helper Objects) are web browser toolbars, add-ons and plug-ins. Some of these add functionality to your browser that you might enjoy. However, others can just clutter your browser and hurt its performance. With XoftSpySE's BHO Editor, you can quickly disable the ones you do not need.

These features are great to have, but don't think that XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware doesn't take its job as a spyware hunter seriously. ParetoLogic's security analysts continually add emerging threats to this program's database - for which you receive free updates - to protect you.

As well, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware lets you pick what you want to scan. A full scan means a thorough search of the entire system, including processes, the Windows registry, system folders, Windows host file and all of the hard drive. A quick scan checks out common malware hiding holes, such as processes, the registry, system folders and the Windows Host file. You can also set up a custom scan to search in the areas you prefer.

In a day and age where the need for malware protection is a given, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware gets the job done quickly - and gives you a bit more. To learn more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware, click on the links above. Or check out ParetoLogic's complete line of PC security, utility and optimization software.

 

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Tip of the Month

Be careful with sensational sounding items and apps on Facebook. This approach of distributing malware has spread quickly through social media and taken a lot of people by surprise.

 

Questions & Answers

Q. I have heard that scareware is an increasing security threat. What is it?

Signed: "Wary"

A. Dear Wary:

Thanks for your letter. You are correct that scareware is becoming more prevalent. Here is how it tries to dupe you:

First, a message pops up saying that you are infected. It tells you that to remove this phantom infection, you need to purchase their program. Of course, the program offered is not legitimate anti-virus or anti-spyware software. It could be a virus, spyware, adware or another kind of malware. As well as trying to get you to download this malicious software, scareware might also - via the purchase process or spyware - obtain confidential information, such as your credit card or banking information.

Authentic security software will not just show up and say you have an infection. You actually have to seek and download these products. Before buying any anti-virus or anti-spyware programs, do your research. One big difference between scareware and legitimate security software is the large amount of time and resources real companies put into customer service and technical support. Check to see if the software you are thinking of getting has technical support department and try to contact them to ensure the authenticity.

Trusted products such as ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS and XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware can protect against scareware. If you receive a message that appears to be scareware, close the browser window either by clicking the "X" or going through the task manager.

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
ParetoLogic was pleased to receive the VIATeC Product of the Year award and an Inclusion Award from WCG International HR Solutions.

ParetoLogic picks up two awards

ParetoLogic prides itself on its staff and its innovative software products. The Victoria, B.C. company recently received awards connected to both.

ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor, the all-in-one PC optimization solution, was named the VIATeC (Victoria Advanced Technology Council) Product of the Year. As well, ParetoLogic was honoured with an Inclusion Award, from WCG International HR Solutions, for its hiring practices and for accommodating people with disabilities in the workplace.

VIATeC Product of the Year

The annual VIATeC Product of the Year award recognizes a Greater Victoria company that has success with a technology-oriented product. Measures such as commercialization and market acceptance are factored in the judging. After only a year, PC Health Advisor, which has hit two million downloads a month, came out on top despite tough competition from firms such as Terapeak and Contech.

Learn more: Hiring practices earn ParetoLogic the Inclusion Award »


Social media: Tool for justice or vigilantism?

The Stanley Cup finals got a lot of social media attention – and not all of it was good.

According to a report from the social media blog Mashable, the NHL was sixth on its monthly Top Twitter Topics list. After not cracking the top 10 in May, the National Hockey League ended June just behind Soccer/football, Father's Day, the NBA Finals, Canadian singing sensation Justin Bieber and his girlfriend, singer/actress Selena Gomez.

What prompted the surge? A dramatic seven game finals series, won by the Boston Bruins over the Vancouver Canucks, certainly helped. During the playoffs, the NHL was a trending topic in cities with teams as well as several Canadian centres. However, it was the riots in downtown Vancouver after the Bruins' game seven triumph and the aftermath that really had an impact online. It has led to worldwide discussions on vigilante justice and the social media's role.

In the June 15 riot, which lasted for several hours, cars were set ablaze, stores were looted and windows were smashed, along with other activities. About 150 people were injured and there were more than 100 arrests made, according to a June 22 Canadian Press article. During the riots, there were reports of Twitter and Facebook posts encouraging people to come down and join in the action.

Learn more: Rioters called out online »


Net on the go – online world comes to cars

When Knight Rider hit the TV airwaves in 1982, the idea of interacting with a computer in your car was far out science fiction. Now, almost three decades later, car companies and electronics manufacturers are rolling out devices that will soon make it commonplace.

Internet-connected cars were a big theme at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. It seems like a natural direction for technology as the average urban American spends the equivalent of 8.3 days a year commuting, according to the Rockefeller Foundation. With iPhones and other smartphones, as well as iPods, iPads and tablet PCs, people are used to having their technology with them.

"People used to ask how many horsepower a car had, now today the question they ask is, 'Does it connect to my iPod?'" said Sven Beiker, the executive director for the Center of Automotive Research at Stanford University.

In 2010, 4.5 million vehicles were sold with what are called telematics, information systems joined with telecommunications. IHS iSuppli, a market research firm focused on electronics, expects that number to increase fivefold to 22.7 million vehicles in 2015. The developing generation of Internet-connected cars might not banter with you the way KITT and David Hasselhoff did, but they are loaded with features to inform, entertain and, in some cases, protect.

Learn more: Internet-connected cars – help or hazard? »


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.

PROFIT 200

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.

XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware BHO Editor

As well as tracking down and kicking out spyware, adware and other malware, XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware boasts such handy tools as a BHO Editor. Browser Helper Objects are additions to your web browser, such as toolbars, plug-ins, and add-ons. Often they come packaged with software you installed. Some of these can be helpful, but others just hurt your browser's performance and clutter it up. With XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware, it is easy to remove unwanted BHOs.

  1. At the XoftSpySE Home Screen, click on Tools.
  2. If not selected, click BHO Editor.
  3. Select the boxes of the BHOs you would like to get rid of and then
    Disable All.
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.

DLL error

DLL stands for dynamic link library. This library does not include shelves of books, but rather code and data that can be used by more than one program at the same time. An example of this is in Windows, where the Comdlg32 DLL takes care of common dialog box functions. A DLL error message can occur when a DLL file is missing, corrupt or outdated.

HTML

HTML creates the basic building blocks of many web pages. HyperText Markup Language is used to create web pages, and design their content in a certain way. HTML tags allow formatting for such things as font, colour, images and hyperlink effects. Web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox read the HTML documents and use the tags to interpret how the page is to be displayed.

DLL errors can cause your computer to not perform at its best. RegCure Registry Cleaner and ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor can correct DLL errors. Click on the links to learn more.

Community Forum

"I love your ParetoLogic Privacy Controls program. No one has else anything like it."

Terry

Learn more: about ParetoLogic Privacy Controls

"I have had ParetoLogic antispyware for many years. It works, it does what it says, it is efficient. As far as I am concerned, it is the best!"

Stanley

Learn more: about ParetoLogic's Support Team

"I downloaded DriverCure due to its simplicity to use and it resolved many problems I had been experiencing prior to doing so! Well done ParetoLogic! I was also very impressed with the way a recent problem I had which was dealt with speedily and courteously by a member of your support team!"

Stephen

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.

David, this month's featured team player, cheers for the Montreal Canadiens, who have won 24 Stanley Cups.

As the Human Resources Coordinator, David works hard for the ParetoLogic team. He is always there to help explain how certain policies work and tries to assist team members the best he can. David is also involved in various efforts at ParetoLogic to make things even better. As well, David does a lot of work behind the scenes to help the company and its employees.

"I really enjoy the opportunity to work with all the people of our ParetoLogic team," David said. "We have such a fantastic group of talented and unique people here, and they are all a pleasure to work with."

ParetoLogic recently received the Inclusion Award from WCG International HR Solutions for its inclusive workplace efforts.

"While this may sound like an HR award, it takes an entire company to be inclusive - all our staff are part of making this such a great workplace," David said.


David Plays The Question Game:

Favourite book from your childhood? The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

Last song that was stuck in your head? "Under Pressure" by Queen

Movie you want to see? Waydowntown

Where David Plays:

David's favourite sports team is the Montreal Canadiens, who have won a record 24 Stanley Cups. He also enjoys golf, coffee and philately, which is the study of stamps and postal history. When David has a chance to go online, he enjoys checking out the Art of Manliness website. In order to keep his computer fast and clean, David uses ParetoLogic Ant-Virus PLUS and ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor. For advice on keeping your PC safe, check out David's Internet Safety Tip of the Month on the left sidebar.

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