Tech Support scams are continuing to become a very popular attack method for cyber criminals all over the world. We’ve covered them pretty extensively on this blog in the past but when they come close to home with a little new style we always like to share. The scammers came after one of our employees […]
PC Matic began TV advertising in 2010, and shortly after, we began our relationship with Fox News. I nervously filled out the credit application, and got the news we had been accepted. Since that time, our relationship with the people at Fox News has been nothing short of amazing. This is NOT political. Our contacts […]
New Zealand CERT’s critical controls for 2018 are continuing the experts trend of preaching patch management and application whitelisting. This morning an article in Security Brief NZ broke down the 2018 critical controls for NZ in detail. Like previous CERT recommendations in the United States, the core of protection comes from upgrading legacy systems/patch management […]
The History of PC Pitstop’s Decision On a frigid and snowy day in North Sioux City, South Dakota, I began my career at Gateway 2000 as its first director of marketing. I brushed off the snow, removed my jacket and entered the office of Ted Waitt, Gateway’s pony-tailed founder, CEO, and my new boss. “Robby, […]
Recently some scammers decided to turn their attention to finding PC Matic customers and attempting to trick them into allowing a remote session with the lure of a refund. In this blog we’ll go over how to dissect scam emails to help determine if they’re legitimate. There are a lot of flags that become apparent […]
We assured you this year was going to be full of changes and improvements to PC Matic Pro and MSP and we’re going to keep them coming! Earlier this week our development team brought out an incredible new feature giving you access to the command prompt on each device from your management console, and a […]
We had no doubt coming into 2018 that it was going to take a lot of work to top an amazing 2017, but our team is up to the task. In the early hours of the new year we introduced new functionality into the way we communicate with our servers and clients across PC Matic […]
2017 wrapped up the year with business booming, and 2018 is ready to take the baton and continue on that path. Before you set your sights on the top, ask yourself these questions… 1. Have you made the jump to providing Managed Services? According to ResearchandMarkets, the MSP market is expected to grow from $152 […]
We’re ready to kick off 2018 with a bang and top our incredible 2017; but we can’t do it alone! We’re going to be expanding and refreshing all of the tools that are available to you as a PC Matic Partner and continue to introduce new and interesting collateral and material for you to use. […]
PC Matic is excited to announce that we have received AV-Test certification after our first test with the organization this fall.
Servers are a mission critical part of the business world and often contain some of the most valuable information. In order to better protect your business information and server performance, we’ve introduced PC Matic Pro Server Security. Server Security comes with several new features and abilities that we believe are critical in the quest to […]
This week our team has introduced a new feature in PC Matic Pro and MSP that improves your control over our existing patch management ability.
The PC Matic team is excited to announce a new feature we have begun to rollout to our customers to block Infinite Alerts. It is integrated into the PC Matic ad blocker which runs inside your web browser and will protect you from infinite alert loops. These are most commonly seen as a tech support […]
At PC Matic we continue to look to our customers for feedback and feature suggestions that would make their work life a little bit easier or more efficient. In doing so we hope to not only bring improvements to our products, but establish a relationship with our customers that provides them a direct line to […]
Your taskbar can be one of the most efficient tools on your PC. Between the search bar, pinned apps, and icons accessible near your clock — you can make your Windows 10 taskbar fully customizable. Unpinning Apps from Taskbar The Windows 10 taskbar comes with apps already pinned. This may include Edge, TripAdvisor, Mail, etc. […]
Monday Morning To begin this week, two of our PC Matic team members were targeted by a malicious email attachment from a contact they recently met. Both employees recognized right away something fishy with the email and believed it to be something malicious. All members of our team have taken part in the KnowBe4 cyber […]
The PC Matic team will be in Austin, Texas next week for the 2017 CompTia ChannelCon and we want to visit with you! This event is an excellent place for IT Pros to come network, learn, and meet with hundreds of vendors. We’ll be in booth #717 and want to talk with you more about […]
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 […]
Whether you’re a brand new customer, someone just looking into PC Matic, or coming to the blog right after your purchase we have a resource that will benefit you. Learning new software can be tricky and may take some time to get the hang of it completely. But to try and minimize any difficulties you […]
In a new review with Neil Rubenking of PC Magazine, PC Matic 3.0 blocked 100% of the malware samples in testing.
In a recent article on CSO Online, author Maria Korolov outlines the future of computer security and a current front runner, Dynamic Whitelisting.
Starting on Friday a brand new type of ransomware called WannaCry or WannaCrypt began spreading across the globe at a never before seen rate, while PC Matic’s customers remained secure.
Over the past few days, many businesses have reported infections from the latest round of ransomware called WannaCrypt. This massive cyberattack is likely to have stemmed from stolen tools used by the National Security Agency (NSA). Due to the rate of infection, and the number of machines being infected by WannaCrypt, Microsoft has released an […]
Earlier this afternoon a Google Docs phishing scam spread like wildfire across the internet, reports piled in on Twitter and Reddit of the phishing scam and it’s details.
PC Matic 3.0 — What does this mean for PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP? PC Matic 3.0, the updated version of PC Matic, includes the ability for file-less ransomware detection. This software enhancement has been incorporated into all versions of PC Matic, including PC Matic Pro and PC Matic MSP. Users do not […]
Forsyth Schools Hacked Forsyth Public Schools, located in Montana was the victim of a major hack over the weekend. They are uncertain when the hack began, but was identified on Saturday, April 1, 2017. According to Last Best News, the school received three emails prior to the attack, saying they had to pay a ransom […]
Several people believe backing up your data is critical to staying safe from malware attacks. However, backing up your data has benefits beyond a malware attack. For instance if your hard drive crashes, you’ll lose everything. Unless you’ve backed it all up. So, do you back up your data? Please take part in our survey […]
Double Agent Malware Infects Security Solutions A malware attack dubbed Double Agent has been discovered by security vendor, Cybellum. It is reported, although this attack has been discovered, it has not been yet witnessed in the public. Double Agent effectively uses a 15 year-old vulnerability within the Windows operating system. The security gap is associated with […]
PC Matic Compared to PC Matic Pro Often times, we get questions from potential consumers asking which security solution would best meet their needs, PC Matic or PC Matic Pro. To address this, we created the table below which provides the different features in each solution. Additional information regarding each feature is included below. Automated Global Application […]
Malware Prevention Deemed Higher Priority Than Detection According to a recent study conducted by Barkley, 51% of IT pros would allocate additional funds to malware prevention over detection and recovery efforts. This should come as no surprise, considering one in three respondents gave their organizations a failing grade when it comes to prevention of malware […]
Phishing Attack Hits Bloomington Public Schools – Minnesota Star Tribune reported an estimated 2,800 current and former Bloomington Public School employees has their private information stolen after a malicious email scam tricked a school employee to send the information to hackers. The phishing scam requested for all of the 2016 W-2s to be sent to a specific […]
The Fight Against Cyber Crime As of January 1, 2017, the state of California began enforcing a law which treats ransomware as a form of extortion. Wyoming also has a similar law, and Maryland is considering adopting a law specific for the growing cyber crime, ransomware. Prior to these laws, if a ransomware developer or […]
Is your internet service provider (ISP) giving you the bandwidth you’re paying for? How much bandwidth does the average household need? The use of internet for downloading music and video and other uses has exploded during recent years. More devices, such as smart TVs, game consoles and some household appliances are now making use of […]
This week Google mistakenly served up a fake Amazon ad that directed users to a support scam page.
Spectrum, Previous Time Warner Cable, Involved In Massive Lawsuit New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made his opinion clear when he announced the lawsuit against Charter, and it’s subsidiarity Spectrum (previously Time Warner Cable – TWC). According to Hacker News Scheiderman stated, “The allegations in today’s lawsuit confirm what millions of New Yorkers have long […]
I’m sure at times you think, “Wow–they said it AGAIN. Think before you click. We get it already!!”. But do you? Do you still look at your emails to confirm they’re coming from someone you know. Are you checking the email address it came from to ensure it’s legitimate? Do you hover the links to be sure […]
Cyber criminals are constantly using new methods to scam us. See what stopped my family from falling victim to a Facebook scam.
The malicious software named “Fareit” has returned, and with a vengeance. Fareit malware focuses on breaching your computer’s security, in an effort to obtain critical login credentials. The History of Fareit This particular form of malware was discovered in 2012, but has continued morphing throughout the years in an attempt to bypass anti-virus protection. Historically, […]
Google Chrome users may have noticed that after the latest Adobe Reader update there was a new extension in their browser, this was not a coincidence.
PC Pitstop, makers of PC Matic, are proud to share that PC Matic received a top score in the recent Malware Blocking Test. This test was conducted by Neil Rubenking, lead security analyst for PC Magazine. Rubenking shared in his recent review of G Data Antivirus 2017, his methodology of collecting the malicious URLs. Rubenking stated, “For […]
Our analysis shows that PC monitor display size continue to grow. The average desktop monitor diagonal size at the end of 2016 is 22.1 inches. While on the portable PC side, the average display diagonal size comes in at 16.1 inches. (Note: This analysis focuses on simple diagonal monitor display sizes. Obviously aspect ratio, the […]
We combined the most frequently asked questions about PC Matic, as well as individual links to more in-depth blogs about each below. We understand you all had questions, and we have answers! We hope this list helps with any inquiries you may have. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to ask. You may […]
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 […]
PC Pitstop was founded in November 1999 by Rob Cheng and Dave Methvin with the sole purpose of creating a better way to diagnose common computer problems. We’ve released several products since then including Optimize, Disk MD, PC Magnum, Erase, Exterminate and most recently, PC Matic! PC Matic was released in 2009 with our whitelist […]
PC Matic includes a scheduler that allows you to set up a scan and clean for any time period you would like! Pairing this with SuperShield means you can sit back and not worry about your computers protection. We even include email reports so you can get a summary from your computer after it has […]
If you’re having an issue trying to make sure PC Matic is working, you’ve come to the right place! There are a few simple ways to ensure that PC Matic is working on your systems. To start, PC Matic has two functions that you may want to ensure are working, real-time protection and scanning. Both […]
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 […]
You will often see recent RAP scores in our commercials, below you can find out more information on the RAP score and why it is significant.
In a report detailing the Russian malicious cyber activity, the Department of Homeland Security has listed Application Whitelisting as a top mitigation strategy.
Ransomware, or malicious software that encrypts your files, holding them hostage until you pay the ransom demand, took the IT world by storm in 2016. On many different platforms, I have read about PC users falling victim to ransomware. Many of these cases are certainly true; however some I have found are actually support scams, […]