The Prevention Message We entered the channel with Synnex in March 2016. Shortly after, we inked a consulting arrangement with Gartner Corporation, the largest IT consulting group in the world. Included in that agreement was a pass to Gartner’s Risk and Security Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. Thousands upon thousands of IT security professionals from […]
A Message From the CEO Perhaps it was the first time in the history of American business, we ran a national campaign for job applicants. Before we hit the throttle on our ad buy, our dev team created a special application review tool that automated the process of reviewing job applications. Thousands of applicants submitted […]
The second quarter of 2017 is in the books and we hit a record. Year over year revenue grew a whopping 32%. I am proud of that, but we really are just beginning. It is time to grow. There are two factors driving Q2’s outstanding results. First was the worldwide ransomware news about the WannaCry […]
If one thought May 2017’s WannaCry ransomware scare was bad, it’s just the beginning. Each year, as more ransoms are paid, the cybercriminals have more capital to invest in new technologies and techniques. One of their most promising techniques is fileless infections or scripting attacks. Historically, malware and now ransomware sneaked a program onto a […]
Rob Cheng – A View From the Top Another quarter is in the books, and it was a great one. Sales were up 21% from the prior year. Last year was difficult because vast sums of presidential election money were thrown at TV advertising, which hurt our ability to purchase TV spots at affordable prices. […]
The last three months have been powerful and eventful. Since the last newsletter, we made public the results of a ground breaking security test in cooperation with AV Comparatives. Many security products avoid public testing, and this test was the first to include all security products in one comprehensive test. The test broke out ransomware […]
PC Pitstop is pleased to announce that Malwarebytes is no longer flagging PC Matic as a potentially unwanted program. Both applications can once again co-exist on systems. The Malwarebytes detection began on December 5th, and we initiated efforts to resolve the issue. On December 23rd, we made contact with the proper people at Malwarebytes. After […]
In April 2016, we released PC Matic’s Super Shield 2.0 engine at no additional cost. There were numerous improvements in the new engine. Super Shield 2.0 Improvements enhanced signature based detections enhanced hash based detections enhanced DLL detections 100% internally developed and implemented eliminating our reliance on Vipre’s black list engine new script based detections […]
My son is nine years old and in fourth grade. Imagine that he comes home from school and announces that he is super smart. “I no longer plan to take tests”, he smiles. Then, he begins to terrorize the other students preventing them from studying and taking tests. As a parent, what do you do? […]
In the 1970’s, the United States suffered an oil shortage. There were long lines at the gas pump, and people began stealing gas from one car to another. One outcome of the crisis was the federal government created a metric (MPG) to measure vehicle fuel efficiency. Today, all cars have an MPG ratings, and more […]
I attended my first Virus Bulletin in 2013 in Berlin, Germany. It was perhaps one of the most important conferences I have attended as the CEO of PC Pitstop. During that short three day period, I learned of the first outbreaks of ransomware, the first of a new type of virus called a time bomb […]
The second quarter of 2016 posed some major changes for PC Pitstop. Find out more now…
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.