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Pareto's Perks

Is your computer getting slower and slower? Have you ever wished your computer was faster? Wonder what kind of health your PC is really in?

PC Health Advisor is the answer to these questions – and many more. This exciting new software is packed with tools to fix, clean, tweak and optimize your computer. Think of it as the ultimate multi-tool for your PC. Your machine will soon be running better than it ever did before.

The best part of PC Health Advisor is how it incorporates so many different advanced tools into one package. To buy all of these separately would be an expensive hassle. As well as delivering optimization tools, PC Health Advisor gives you easy access to Windows system options that can improve your performance.

It is easy to start the repair, maintenance and optimization – just click one button to start a scan. PC Health Advisor will search for common problems and come back with a health rating: Low, Medium or High. Following the scan, you can click "Fix All" to have this advanced software remove privacy files, eject malware it has found in active processes, and clean your Windows registry. Together, this will improve the speed, stability and performance of your PC.

PC Health Advisor provides you with the tools and technology to tweak your PC for maximum performance. You can turn off unnecessary running processes or stop certain programs from launching when you boot up your computer – both of these steal valuable resources from where they are needed most. With the Duplicate File Finder and Restore Point Manager, PC Health Advisor frees up disk space by removing clutter. You can also oust unwanted browser toolbars or add-ons and change the Windows system options for peak performance.

As well as giving you a health rating, PC Health Advisor delivers information about your computer's overall performance. In an easy-to-read graph form, you can see your Central Processing Unit (CPU), memory and PageFile usage.

With free database and product updates as well as comprehensive technical support, PC Health Advisor is really the best choice to optimize and maintain your computer. Click on the links above to learn more about this exciting new product or find out more about ParetoLogic's other PC optimization and security products.


Internet Security

Tip of the Month

Be careful when installing free software because they sometimes come with unneeded toolbars or add-ons. These can quickly add up and result in major performance issues when online.


Questions & Answers

Q. I keep hearing about spyware out there that criminals are using to steal not only people's credit card and banking info, but also their social networking logins, passwords and other stuff for identity theft and fraud. I have security software installed, but I am curious about how often I should be scanning?

Signed: "Worried"

A. Dear "Worried"
Good question! How often you scan depends in part on how often you use your computer, which kind of security solution you have and its settings. In general, we recommend that you scan for spyware and other malicious code at least once a week.

Some programs, such as ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS and ParetoLogic Anti-Spyware, feature Active Protection. This means that if something tries to download to your PC without your knowledge, it will be blocked. The program will alert you to the attempted download and you will be given options on how to proceed. If you are using software with Active Protection – and it is set at medium or high protection – you should do a thorough scan once a week. If you prefer another solution, such as the popular XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware 7.0, it is a good idea to scan everyday when you start your computer. If your computer seems slow, it is recommended you perform a scan, just in case it is malware that is bogging things down.

As well as scanning, it is important to use common sense to avoid a malware infection. Make sure you know where the link you are clicking on is supposed to take you. If you get there and things seem strange, get out of there. Smart surfing and good security solutions will help you stay safe online.

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
PC Health Advisor is just what the customer ordered

PC Health Advisor is just what the customer ordered

ParetoLogic's success comes from listening to computer users and responding to their needs.

This has led to the latest in system utilities: ParetoLogic has launched PC Health Advisor. This versatile PC optimization product, with built-in security features, helps user fix, clean and optimize their computers.

"PC Health Advisor is what customers have been asking for! Now they have a complete suite of tools to optimize and clean their computers – in one easy-to-use package," said Elton Pereira, ParetoLogic's CEO, President and Co-Founder.

PC optimization has always been a bit of a mystery to many computer users. Everyone wants their PC to perform better and to not slow down as it gets older. In the past, the only ways to achieve this was by taking it to an expensive professional technician or purchasing software that often only addresses one area. PC Health Advisor is the ultimate all-in-one PC performance solution as it tackles all the issues that can bog down your machine.

Learn more about PC Health Advisor's great features »

ParetoLogic earns honours, supports charities

It is certainly better to give than receive, however ParetoLogic has been doing both lately.

ParetoLogic was honoured to be included in the 2010 edition of the Branham300, a ranking of Canada's top information technology companies as judged by revenue and growth. The online security and PC optimization software specialist is also a finalist in two categories for the Vancouver Island Advanced Technology Centre (VIATeC) Technology Awards, which will be announced this month. ParetoLogic has enjoyed its success, but the company is also quick to give back and support worthy causes. It has been involved with a number of charity efforts as of late.

ParetoLogic recognized

The Branham300 listing includes successful Canadian companies, but also large multinationals such as Microsoft, IBM and Oracle. ParetoLogic moved up more than 35 spots to earn an 89th overall placing.

"We are very pleased with the improvement of our rankings on the Branham 300 and just to be included with this outstanding group of successful companies," said Don Wharton, ParetoLogic's Chief Operating Officer and a Co-founder. "While we are honoured by this recognition, ParetoLogic will not rest on its laurels. Be on the outlook for some exciting initiatives from us in the coming year."

Learn more about ParetoLogic's recent awards and charity work »

Are we moving towards iSchools?

Apple's iPads are the latest cool technology craze. You are starting to see them in various places, including in the hands of 10-year-olds.

In Loveland, Col., the Thompson School District has undertaken a pilot project to try the touch screen tablet computers in classrooms. Twenty-three students, including fourth graders at Berthoud Elementary School, are among the kids getting first crack at the new technology.

"They're really fun to use, and they're a lot faster," Ashlee Burdette, 10, was quoted as saying in a May 11 Loveland Reporter-Herald newspaper article. "It's actually learning, but you have lots and lots of fun."

Classrooms have been the home of computers before – even portable ones. In the mid-to-late 1990s, the University of Minnesota-Crookston purchased laptops for all of their students and faculty. In the summer of 2004, Mayville State University in North Dakota became the first tablet PC university, with all students and faculty receiving one.

Will the iPad become a standard component of classrooms in the future? Berthoud teacher Tiffany Kile sees great potential in the devices so far. Her class has used the iPads, paid for through curriculum funds, to compose poems, make graphs and learn vocabulary.

Learn more about how iPads are being used in school pilot projects »

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 explain a word or phrase connected to the Internet, PC optimization or computer security. As well as making you feel a bit more comfortable in the computer world, this feature will also give you some new vocabulary to impress your friends.

Matrox drivers

Matrox is a Quebec, Canada-based company that is perhaps best known for its video cards. One of its divisions, Matrox Graphics, specializes in graphics cards that can drive more than one monitor. These cards are often used in various professional capacities, including military, scientific and medical uses.

Chicony drivers

Based in Taiwan, Chicony Electronics has a large line of personal computer and personal technology products. Some of its most popular products are webcams.

Device drivers are needed to ensure that hardware, such as video cards and webcams, work at their best with your computer. The drivers act as translators while relaying instructions and feedback between your hardware devices, your PC, software and the operating system. Companies often release new drivers to fix bugs, increase stability and unveil new features. The easiest way to update and find drivers is with software such as ParetoLogic DriverCure.

Community Forum

"Thank you, and ParetoLogic so very much for being such a supportive vendor!!! I just recently put your software on my wife's computer, and she knows how pleased I have been over the many years with you. Your company exemplifies what "customer relationship management" is truly all about. Have a Blessed Weekend,"

Tim Stillwell

Click to learn more about ParetoLogic's full line of optimization and security products

"You are wonderful and I think you just fixed my nightmare dll errors and I just opened and closed the Internet Explorer without it freezing the system and without dll errors. Thank you so very much! This has been a month long problem. I am so happy and relieved. I am sending the combofix log file as an attactment to this email. I hope this helps you help all the frustrated users like me in the future. I will cherish using RegCure to speed up my computer and help me with problems that no one else can seem to figure out. You guys are the best! Thanks so much!"

Laura Brode

Use the link to find out how RegCure Regsistry Cleaner can help your PC

"Once again your customer service has proven to be absolutely first class in my opinion, not once have I had a problem that you could not solve, or did not solve for me, your product is by far the best I've ever used, and at some point, I will have used, or owned most of them, I will be using XoftSpy for as long as it is available, never have I seen such a dedicated customer service, who genuinely cares about the customer, above anything else, so to all of you at XoftSpy, thank you very much, companies as passionate as you are hard to come by, but I'm certainly glad I'm part of yours. Please continue your fantastic work, consider me a lifelong customer. Once again, thank you so much."

Lee Barton

Click to learn more about XoftSpySE Anti-Spyware 7.0

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 Pareto, we provide a little insight into their life away from work.

Team Player - Keith Barron is a proud Canadian

Keith Barron is definitely a people person. As a member of ParetoLogic's Customer Care and Technical Support Team, Keith is enthusiastic about being able to help people with their questions. He enjoys working with customers and other staff members.

"There's a great environment of always learning new tricks to fix things and bouncing ideas off each other," the proud Canadian said, "and you meet such interesting people from around the world. You can go from helping grandparents in Nevada to young Czech translators roaming Europe."

As a Tier 2 Customer Service Representative, customers count on Keith to deal with tricky technical issues. Knowledgeable and experienced, Keith and his teammates solve dozens of head-scratching problems every day.

Keith plays the Question Game:

Worst move you've seen that you'd still recommend: Southland Tales

Song you can't get out of your head: Just by Radiohead

Book everyone should read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

Bike, kayak, yoga mat: Bike, I like going fast

Where he plays

When not working, Keith enjoys doing a lot of reading, not nearly enough writing and playing more video games that he would usually admit. When online, he likes checking out reddit.com. To protect his privacy and confidential information, Keith relies on ParetoLogic Privacy Controls. He enjoys how it lets him securely delete all his private data in one swoop, rather than having to scavenge through his machine and worry about not getting it all.

As a CSR, Keith hears a lot about people's computer troubles. Check out Internet Security Tip of the Month to learn a solution to a problem customers often encounter.

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