CERT’s Continue to Praise Application Whitelisting

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 […]

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Feature Improvements – Enhancements Continue! PC Matic Pro & MSP

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 […]

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Introducing PC Matic Pro Server Security

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 […]

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How to Optimize and Organize Your Windows 10 Taskbar

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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. […]

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PC Matic Reaping the Benefits of Cyber Security Training

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 […]

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Fileless infections – Ransomware’s latest trick

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 […]

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WannaCrypt Ransomware: Protecting your computers against the latest ransomware

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 […]

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Forsyth Public Schools Overrun with Malware

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 […]

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14 Security Solutions Vulnerable to Double Agent Malware

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 […]

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PC Matic or PC Matic Pro — Which Solution is Best for You?

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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 […]

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Malware Prevention Tops IT Pros List of Security Priorities

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 […]

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Scammers Obtain Thousands of Employee W-2s After Successful Phishing Attack

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 […]

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Is Law Enforcement Doing Enough To Fight Cyber Crime?

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 […]

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Is Your Internet Service Provider Giving You Enough Bandwidth?

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 […]

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Just How Long Has Time Warner Cable Been Ripping You Off??

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 […]

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Can You Classify A Malicious Email?

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 […]

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Fareit Malware Returns With A Vengeance

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, […]

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PC Matic Receives Top Score From PC Magazine

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 […]

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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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Malwarebytes Removes PC Matic PUA Categorization

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 […]

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Ransomware – What is it?

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, […]

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