Surviving a day of computing is tougher than a chinchilla trying to live in Central Park. The bad guys sets traps at every crossing and your email and Internet are their favorite paths. Don’t for a minute, think you are safe without first taking a close look at what you click. Today more than ever before, you should be wary of everything you encounter. The figures vary depending on who you’re quoting but I’m comfortable with sayng that at this moment 50% of the computers in the US are infected with some form of malware.Save your skin. Look before you click.
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Anyone with physical access to your computer can do anything with or to it. I’ll look at cleaning up after loaning it to the wrong person.
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The good news for Detective Mills is “not her pretty head”.
The bad news for Detective Mills is “some rogue AV”.
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The death of Bin Laden has generated a whole bunch of scams and new malware.
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A nasty piece of malware known as LizaMoon has hijacked links on millions of websites in the past weeks, including some normally safe iTunes and Google links.
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Windows Restore is a fake system defragmenter, lurking on the internet intended to infect computer after computer. Scammers created Windows Restore to look like a useful PC performance enhancing tool, yet it is in fact a type of virus called a rogue.
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By Leo Notenboom
It’s not uncommon for folks to ask why computer systems seem as fragile and as vulnerable as they so often do. It’s a legitimate question.
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By Bob Rankin
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-malware application first released in June, 2009. It replaces the subscription-based Windows Live OneCare antivirus service and the free Windows Defender, which only protected against spyware and adware. Does this all-in-one security tool provide enough protection? Let’s find out…
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We at PC Pitstop are excited to announce a new promotion with our friends at the hit Fox TV Show ’24’. Now through January 12, 2009 —
register here to win great prizes!
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Our Favorite Tips & Tweaks
Ask the Pros a Tech Question
PC Pitstop & Fox ’24’
Optimize in French
Welcome Harry McCracken
Bits from Bill: Is Google Still the Best Search?
TechBite: You’re Paying Too Much!
Technologizer: Hey, This Looks Pretty Good!
Firefox Grows Globally
Warning: Vista SP2 Beta
Tip #1: Indispensable Firefox Addon
Tip #2: Picture a Bargain
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Complete Laptop Care Guide
Identity Theft – Be Scared
PC Pitstop & Fox ’24’
Welcome Steve Bass
Bits from Bill: WinPatrol – 10 Safety Features
TechBite: Help I Can’t Get Online
Large PC Hibernation Files
Poll: Family Tech Support
Tip #1: Vista Power Button
Tip #2: Multilanguage Keyboard
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*Vista Does Not Suck
*Firefox 3, Must or Bust?
*A Faster PC in any Language
*Bits from Bill: Apples Plan to Takeover the World
*Social Bookmarking Survey
*Pitstop Research: Graphics Trends
*Tip #1: Join Vista to XP Network
*Tip #2: Vista Multiple Languages
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A Burst of Battery Life
Notepad Tips & Tricks
Problems with XP SP3
New WinPatrol Release
Bits from Bill: Good, Bad & Ugly of XP SP3
Rob on the Radio
Craplets & Bloatware Survey
Tip #1: Lost Recycle Bin
Tip #2: Fix IE Cache
Tip #3: Spot Fake Emails Easily
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Microsoft – It’s Go Time
Stop Rearranging the Furniture
Internet Speed Test Makeover
Windows 98 Turns 70
Bits from Bill: Windows Episode VII
Cell Phones on a Plane
Vista Impact on Graphics Cards
Tip: Outlook on the Desktop
Tip: YouTube Quality
Tip: Free Online Classes
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Is Your PC Feeling Bloated?
The Battle for Hard Drive Freedom: Part II
Contest: I Pimped My PC
Tip: Screen Capture Made Easy
Tip: Opaque Icon Solution
Contest: Pit Sprints
New Survey: Online Video Viewing
Survey Results: Obsolescence
Research: Bloatware on the Rise
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XP to Vista – Worthwhile Migration?
The Illusions of Vista
Vista Backups You Can’t Have
Tip: Caps Lock Warning
Tip: Full Tests on Vista
Survey Results: Vista
New Survey: Gaming
Research: The Case of the Missing 5GB
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It was over a year ago when we first reported that Sony was distributing spyware on audio CD’s. Recently, during the holiday season, Sony announced that it had settled with over 40 states for its shenanigans. One would think that Sony would have changed its ways, and more importantly, no longer pose a threat to the security, performance, and stability of our computers.
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Commentary: Sony Busted Again!
PC Pitstop 500 Results
Tip: Vista Sidebars & Gadgets
Research: Storage & Backup Survey Results
Research: Zune Attach Rates
Tip: Forwarding Emails
New Survey: Printers
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Five Things You Need to Know about Spyware
Antispyware pioneers on the decline
New Spyware Deep Scan available at PC Pitstop
State of Texas to Sony: “Stop Making Spyware”
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PC Pitstop Optimize – Free Scan
“Take Us Off Your List!”
Google: Is Good Going Bad?
Performance Tip: Stay Cool for Speed
Summer Blockbusters in Spyware
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About a year ago, I was helping a friend with some minor computer problems in his small business in Rio. He is a pretty smart guy, but his computer knowledge was lacking, and I wanted to help. As we sat down at the computer, we got the familiar XP error message that asked us whether we want to send the error details back to Microsoft. My neophyte friend hit “Do Not Send” immediately. When I asked why, he said “I don’t trust those bastards for anything and I would never send personal information over the internet to them.”
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On February 1, 2005, Google announced record revenues of $1.032 billion and profits of $303 million. Just like everyone else in the world, I was blown away. What a great company! The stock market seemed to agree since Google’s stock price hit a record high after their earnings announcement.
But there’s something that has been bothering me and many others in the antispyware community about the search engine juggernaut. And that’s Google’s ties to spyware.
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Special Report: The FTC Spyware Workshop
Continued Attacks Against Anti-Spyware Sites
Inadequate Disclosure by Claria/Gator and WhenU
Where’s Your Newsletter?
Solve Your PC Problems At The Pit
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What? It’s been six months since I updated my note at Pitstop? That can’t be, it seems like only yesterday……
It’s the end of 2002, and it’s been a great year for Pitstop. We were profitable each and every month of the year. And we are not resting on our laurels, we’ve been re-investing these profits right back into the business, to make a stronger and more powerful PC Pitstop.
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