Introducing PC Matic 3.0
As of May 1, 2017, PC Matic will be updated to PC Matic 3.0. This update includes significant updates to the PC Matic software, as well as the user interface. This email is simply a breakdown of the updates for both. Makers of PC Matic 3.0 wanted to ensure their customers were aware of the enhancements, and what to expect as these changes are implemented.
It is also important customers understand, this is simply an upgrade to the existing product. There is not an additional charge related to this update. PC Matic 3.0 will continue to provide superior security, adblocking technology, free cyber security training, and PC optimization tools.
The recent changes made to the software include the ability to detect file-less ransomware. Traditional malware, including ransomware, required an executable to infect PCs. The PC Matic whitelist was, and still is, effective in blocking malicious executable attacks. However, file-less ransomware is not initiated with an executable. Instead, malicious scripting is used. PC Matic has been conducting endless studies regarding the file-less ransomware infection process from beginning to end. By doing so, their developers were able to implement a solution within their program to effectively block file-less infections. This is the only security program that offers, not only a real-time, global whitelist solution, but protection from scripting attacks as well.
The file-less ransomware detection has been added to all versions of PC Matic, including PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP. Users do not need to implement any specific settings, or change any of their options. The file-less ransomware detection will run automatically.
User Interface Updates
The PC Matic user interface has been updated reflecting the update to PC Matic 3.0. The user interface updates only impact PC Matic home users. These changes were not carried over to PC Matic Pro or PC Matic MSP.
Functionally, the user interface is the same. Meaning, the icons, reports and options all remain the same. They are also located in the same placed. Below is the new screen users will see when they open PC Matic 3.0, assuming they are not already logged in:
From here, PC Matic 3.0 users will log in as they always have.
Once users have logged in, they may notice one small difference. The maintenance statistics have now become accessible via a drop-down box. The screenshot below displays where users must click to access the maintenance statistics for their PCs:
After clicking the arrow demonstrated above, users will see the screen below:
From here, users can see all of their maintenance statistics. Other changes subscribers will notice are within the scan options. PC Matic 3.0 now includes toggle switches for all “Yes” and “No” options, as seen here:
PC Matic 3.0 also enhanced the display for specific PC details. To access the screen below, users need to click on which PC they’d like to obtain additional information about.
PC Matic 3.0 continues to scan both on demand, as well as on a predetermined schedule. If users conduct an on-demand scan, you will see an updated look. Again, the PC Matic 3.0 scan continues to conduct the same maintenance, stability, security and performance enhancements, as it always has — based on the user’s specified settings. See the scan screen below:
Lastly, the scan results screen has a new look as well.
If users have additional questions or concerns regarding these updates, they can reach our support team at www.pcmatic.com/help.
The makers of PC Matic want to reiterate, the update to PC Matic 3.0 does not cost users any additional funds. The PC Matic 3.0 software is an enhanced level of protection, not only with the global, automated whitelist, but also with file-less ransomware detection.
Again, this update will be pushed through on May 1, 2017. Therefore, once you run a scan, on or after that date, PC Matic will recognize an update is due. Upon scan completion and restarting your PC, PC Matic will be updated to PC Matic 3.0.