Antivirus and whitelisting are the keys to stopping ransomware in its tracks…
Some thing happened during the computer revolution. I became the tech support for my friends, family and neighbors.
Maintaining your computer is the same as maintaining your car.
PC Pitstop is proud to announce that PC Matic has achieved the best proactive score ever on Virus Bulletin’s RAP test.
An overview of the state of PC Security and how it affects our every day lives.
We have decided to continue support for Windows XP for as long as there is demand.
A move to Windows 8 reveals an incredibly frustrating bug.
In the last two weeks, there were two new revelations about CryptoLocker.
Over 10 years ago, a new strain of malware was born and christened…
The virus mafia has created a new version of ransomware more treacherous than the DOJ and FBI viruses.
The concept of making computer power affordable and easy to use has changed the human race as we know it. To be able to compute, create and learn where ever and when ever, creates a certain freedom that we humans have never experienced. The computer together with the internet has forced us to reconsider many of the important paradigms in our society such as the role that media plays in our lives, the role of television, as well as constructs such as the copy machine, the audio CD and so on. But if you look at the behaviors of Dell, Microsoft and HP, one would think that the revolution is over. No way. It has only just begun.
Last week, I purchased my first smart phone. It is a Samsung Galaxy 4, and it costs $200 and I had to sign up for a 2 year AT&T plan at roughly $100 / month. I know that I am late to the party and an expensive party at that, but I am hardly excited. If you want to find me at the smart phone party, you can probably find me off in the corner somewhere. There is something that bothers me about the entire post-PC, smart phone revolution, so here is one PC guy’s thoughts on why smart phones aren’t all they are cracked up to be.
Microsoft announced this week that it would purchase Nokia as part of its new thrust into devices. Rather than trying to pivot into an area which it has little experience nor expertise, it should get back to its core competency of writing great software.,
Because of PC Matic’s unique cloud approach to PC maintenance and security, we are able to quantify which version of Windows is indeed the junkiest. By that, we mean which one accumulates the most junk.
We have launched many products in the 14 year history of PC Pitstop, but today’s announcement of PC Matic Home Security is different.
We decided to rank the most popular Notepad alternatives and the multitude of free alternatives that can expand Notepad’s feature set.
There is another front on the war against malware and the internet thieves that want to rob us of our money and identities.
There are two distinct types of security holes that threaten your identity and your life as you know it.
The most common virus in the wild is called the Department of Justice Virus. The virus locks your computer and requests a bounty of $300 to unlock your computer and avoid government prosecution.
We are at a crossroads. Like a decade ago, will the people conquer over the criminals that make viruses today? Unfortunately, Microsoft has lost its focus on making a great and secure operating system.
The Department of Homeland Security recently recommended that everyone disable Java. We at PC Pitstop will go one step further and recommend that everyone uninstall Java immediately. Here is why Java is such a threat to your computer, security, data and your identity.
It has happened to all of us. You open your inbox to be deluged by junk. Instead of reading relevant email from business correspondents, good friends and family, your email has been sold to the highest bidder to see if you need a new mortgage or a new bounce in your sex life. Thanks to SPAM filters and the like, this intrusion to our email has been throttled back to a dull roar. At least it is manageable and not overly annoying.
Here are three great ways to save time using Windows Search.
Here are the top 10 reasons why your computer is slow and how to fix them.
Welcome to all PC Matic and Super Shield users. Someone asked me the other day, “How many viruses are running around out there?” That’s a great question. If you read all the press, there are millions and millions of viruses out there constantly trying to attack our computers and get our credit cards. I usually take all of those reports with a grain of salt, since the people making these reports want us to buy more of their security software. Then it occurred to me. We actually know the answer to this exact question based on the experience of our Super Shield installed base.
There is one golden rule about SSD’s. Never, ever…
At PC Pitstop, with the success of PC Matic and Super Shield, we now have a very large and active user base. On top of that, these cloud based applications proivde us with a unique look into how computers are being used. In this article, we share some of these amazing insights and take a closer look at the Microsoft applications that are being used the most.
At PC Pitstop, we have a very unique view of the upcoming launch of Windows 8. On one hand, we are part of the Windows universe, and to the extent that Windows 8 is successful, then that is good for PC Pitstop. On the other hand, PC Pitstop and PC Matic exist to fix and repair many of the bone headed ‘features’ in Windows.
It happens all the time. In fact, in the last two days, both my mother and my aunt have had their email hacked. When your email is hacked, it is potentially a very dangerous situation. Quick and decisive action is absolutely required.
Most browser toolbars serve no purpose other than use valuable real estate on your computer screen. Learn how to remove all toolbars.
Dear Google: I am writing to tell you one important fact. I bought the Sony NEX-5N camera. As you know, a friend of mine contacted me through my Gmail account, because he had recently purchased the Sony and he was ecstatic. I purchased the camera with the 19-55 mm lens, and then I also purchased the 55-200 lens as well. If you must know, I also purchased a bag, a tripod, and some filters. I paid roughly $1000 from Amazon.com and used my personal credit card. The stuff arrived about a week later, and I paid my Visa bill one month later. Continue Reading
You just bought a brand new computer, and you are so excited on getting back and getting it up and running. It hasn’t been in the news much, but new PC’s just keep getting slower and slower. It makes sense because the slower the PC is, the less time it will last, and hence the sooner you buy a new computer. That’s their plan. Continue Reading
Now that we are back in the United States, my wife has become the #1 user of our 2008 Nissan Murano. I am really happy for her, but quite often, I want to run a little errand and I have no car. So I decided to buy a small affordable car as a second car here in Myrtle Beach.
Dear Microsoft: Here is my list of things that I would like to see in Windows 8. Please try to do some of them.Continue Reading
When I reflect upon myself honestly, I believe that I will always be a Windows user or to put it more bluntly, I don’t think that I will ever purchase an Apple computer. Here is my rational. I am curious whether others might feel the same way.
We’ve been analyzing performance of computers for well over 10 years, and there is another sub system that can impact the performance just about as much as any of your traditional sub systems such as memory and processor. That is your internet connection. In today’s world, you really cannot run your PC well without an internet connection. Even when I am writing an article like this, I prefer to be connected to the internet to do on-the-fly fact checking, or quick synonyms, or whatever. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about your internet connection and how to get the most out of it.
First the iPhone comes out as the first of a slew of smart phones, and many pundits and industry observers forecasted the death of the PC. Now there is a tablet tsunami, and the entire world is in a frenzy about the ultimate demise of our great friend and companion, the trusty computer. Well, the death of the PC is greatly exaggerated. Worse yet, for some reason, the exageration seems to be willful and intentional. What do they have against the good old PC anyhow? I have no idea, but let me debunk this nonsense.
If you read the press lately, one would think that email is on its death bed. There are primarily two reasons why people are predicting email’s demise. First, people are using Facebook for email and the CEO, Mark Zuckenburg thought that they might give Google Gmail a run for its money with its Gmail service. Continue Reading
November 3rd, 2010 was a sad day for me. I woke up from a sound sleep, and reached for my trusty Sony laptop at the foot of the bed. The peace from a good night’s sleep was quickly replaced with horror. My beautiful Sony laptop was broken. The screen was almost separated from the laptop’s body and keyboard. Apparently, while I was sleeping, my youngest son, Jesse (1 year 10 months), quietly slipped into the room and started banging on the keyboard.
About three years ago, PC Pitstop hired a new developer that was about 25 years old. I met him in Myrtle Beach shortly after we hired him and we were at the bar chewing the fat. Some how the conversation turned to backing up your system.
Thanks for the tremendous response to our last piece analyzing the state of the security industry. We firmly believe that using cloud technology can help us better understand security issues and therefore make better security products. In this edition, we decided to analyze the distinctions between security in different parts of the world. We analyzed which types of security threats were most prevalent by region. We also analyzed which security software was most prevalent by region.
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved music. All types of music. You name it, and I got it. Blues, Jazz, Rock, Easy Listening, Gospel, Country, Soul, Rap, Funk, Latin, Brazilian. At this point in my life, I have a monster music collection. But this is not about my musical tastes, this is about my iPod. Or I should say iPods. Continue Reading
I joined FaceBook roughly about 1 year ago, and I have truly enjoyed the experience. I have connected with many old friends and relatives. Without FaceBook none of this would be possible, and hence my life is a little richer. But and this is a big but, Facebook is evolving into a dangerous place.
Let me give an actual example of how one can be tricked into downloading badware when on Facebook. First, I would like to introduce an old friend of mine, Duffy Conway. Duffy worked at Gateway in sales, and was consistently one of the company’s top producers. I left Gateway over 10 years ago, and I was delighted to have Duffy as my friend on Facebook.
PC Pitstop Research analyzed 50,258 computers and found the following:
- 23% of computers have no active security protection.
- 14% of the computers had some sort of high level threat.
- Spyware is the most common malware threat followed by Rogue Security Software.
- Kaspersky protects the best against Rogue Security Software and Trend Micro is the worst.
- Symantec protects against spyware the best, and Kaspersky the worst.
- Trend protects the best against keyloggers and Avast fares the worst.
- Kaspersky protects against viruses the best, and Symantec tails the pack.
By Rob Cheng
I ran into Mark Tobias here in Rio de Janeiro. We were both attending a party to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of a dear friend of ours, Doug Matheson. I soon found out that Mark is known as the tax man. No, he doesn’t work for the IRS, so don’t fly an airplane into his building. He is the software tax man. As our sales tax code gets continually more complex, Mark is the expert that writes the software to make sure that all the sales tax codes are being followed when we make an online transaction.
PC Pitstop is 10 years old. Can you believe it? That’s right, PC Pitstop officially opened its doors in March 2000, exactly 10 years ago. As a former SVP at Gateway Computers, I had noticed that support costs were growing faster than revenue. “There had to be a way to automate the process of diagnosing and fixing common computer ailments”, I thought. And voilà, PC Pitstop was born.
Our tests were revolutionary for its time using principles of cloud computing that would become popular close to a half decade later. As millions of computers came to our web site for PC help, we were also able to collect the world’s largest database of PC statistics.
Welcome to a brand new and exciting addition to the PC Pitstop blog, Extreme PC Makeover. It’s happened to all of us. Your PC is getting old and it has slowed down to a crawl. You begin to look at the new computer ads in the Sunday newspaper. But you don’t really need a new PC, you need a PC Makeover. That’s the name of our new promotion, where some lucky soul will not need to buy a new computer because we will get that PC running like new and 100% for free. The only catch is that we get to write about it for this column. Just fill out the application below to see if you qualify.
Hello all PC Matic users! First off, thank you for purchasing PC Matic and the confidence you are placing in us, PC Pitstop, to keep your PC’s running fast, stable, and secure. Thank you.
PC Matic is like no other PC maintenance tool. The key reason is PC Matic’s architecture is based on cloud computing. PC Matic behaves much more like a web site than a typical Windows application. For example, Google is always adding new features into its search application. There is no Google release 2.0. You just go to Google and the latest technology is always at your disposal. Simple.
2009 was a great year at PC Pitstop. We have a lot to be proud of in the past year. We now have three products that can be considered best in breed, PC Matic, Optimize 3.0, and Driver Alert 2.0. More importantly, we have assembled an incredible team of dedicated and talented individuals. From development, to marketing, to customer service to technical support, we are striving to be the best we can be.
By Rob Cheng
Welcome to yet another edition of the Free Software News. One of the reasons that I love the Windows world is the availability of lots of high quality and totally free software. I love using free software and here are some tips and advice from the world of free software.