Cleaning Your Computer’s Registry — Is It Necessary?

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What is a Registry? Before going into detail about cleaning your computer’s registry, first I want to discuss your registry is.  The registry within your PC holds details about every piece of your computer.  For instance where programs are stored, which programs are in your Start menu, which programs have shared applications, and so much […]

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One Red Flag Tells You These Support Scams Are Fake

Tech support scams are all over.  One of the most popular are scams occurring includes cyber criminals posing as Microsoft’s technical support.  This isn’t a new scam, but remains widely used. Microsoft BSoD Support Scams For those who are unaware, the Microsoft BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) tech support scam is a screen that takes over your PC, […]

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Punishments for Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof

We must find a way to catch cyber criminals who continue to victimize businesses and home computer users, worldwide.  Cyber criminals made $1 billion in ransomware payments alone in 2016. If and when these hackers are caught, what is an adequate punishment? Punishment For Cyber Criminals – Or Lack Thereof Krasimir Nikolova, a Bulgarian native, was extradited to the […]

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Network World Weighs in on Malwarebytes’ Accusations of PC Matic Being a PUP/PUA

“Never Disable A Competitor” In an opinion piece on Network World, Andy Patrizio broke down the current situation between our company PC Pitstop and Malwarebytes. Andy believes that an anti-malware product should never disable a competitor and he even dinged Microsoft for doing that in the past. He also states that, “The idea that one Microsoft security partner would […]

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In-Store Malware Scams Claim New PCs Infected With Malware

In-Store Malware Scam According to Kim Komando, there has been quite the controversy regarding Office Depot erroneously deeming various computers with malware. These computers were brand new, just out of the box, and never connected to the internet. So how could they have possibly been infected? They weren’t. Jesse Jones, from KIRO 7, took six […]

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Falsified News Populates News Feeds and Search Engines

Fake news articles aren’t new.  In the past, we have informed readers of various phishing scams, targeting reader’s curiosity with bogus news stories exploiting trending news topics.  Now, fake news stories have made their way onto major search engine results and social media platforms. It’s highly likely you have come across a handful of these articles before, whether you knew it […]

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Blocking Ransomware Scripts with Exchange Transport Rules

One of the current tactics ransomware authors are using to infect your network, is to send email attachments containing malicious scripts. These scripts are often VBScript (.vbs), Windows Script Files (wsf), or JavaScript (.js) files, and when executed, will download a DLL or EXE to spawn the infection. An example JavaScript which downloads and executes […]

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PC Matic Optimizes PC Performance

You computer doesn’t slow down with age.  The decrease in efficiency when it is not properly maintained.  Included in a PC Matic subscription are PC optimization tools that occur each time your PC is scanned.  These tools include: Defragments Disks Updates Drivers Cleans Registry Optimizes SSDs Removes Junk Files Optimizes Broadband Fixes Software Vulnerabilities Accelerates Downloads in FF […]

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