PC Pitstop, a Platinum Award Winner in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is excited to announce that PC Matic has been nominated to compete in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.
PC Matic is an endpoint security solution that meets the anti-malware needs of American home and business PC users, was developed in 2009.
In 2010 PC Matic withdrew licensing its anti-virus software from a third-party vendor. Choosing rather to develop their own core technology, made solely in the United States.
In 2011, the product altered its malware detection methods to an application whitelist, better known as a default-deny approach.
This methodology has been proven to be far more effective than traditional blacklisting security solutions.
(What is PC Matic? Courtesy of PC Pitstop and YouTube. Posted on Apr 29, 2016.)
Instead of using what their competitors use, an archaic blacklist approach, PC Matic uses a proprietary whitelisting technology for real-time, proactive protection against ransomware, advanced persistent threats (APTs), polymorphic viruses and zero-day attacks.
What does this mean?
- PC Matic functions by using a list of known, trusted programs and allows them to run.
- Everything else that tries to execute that is not on their whitelist is sent to the company’s malware research team to be tested.
- Within 24 hours it is categorized either trusted or malicious.
With constant advances in technology, malware is getting harder to stop.
How does whitelisting stop ransomware, polymorphic viruses, APTs, and zero-day attacks?
Instead of trying to keep up with the continually changing malware algorithms and codes, PC Matic does the opposite, with track tested safe programs.
(Learn More. See the key difference between blacklist antivirus and PC Matic’s whitelist antivirus. Courtesy of PC Pitstop and YouTube. Posted on May 10, 2018.)
This methodology has also been proven most effective in proactive detection, as evidenced by the Virus Bulletin Reactive and Proactive (RAP) Test.
In August of 2016, PC Matic outscored every other tested competitor in proactive detection with a 99.9% detection rating.
Historically, PC Matic has exceeded the average proactive detection rate by 18%.
Since, PC Matic has been protecting millions of PC users, keeping the American people safe and their data secure, all while using an American-made product.
In 2015, PC Matic expanded its protection to businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.
(Learn More. During the Wannacry ransomware scare, which infected approximately 250,000 computers across the globe, none of our customers were infected. Courtesy of PC Pitstop and YouTube. Posted on Aug 14, 2017.)
In 2017, PC Matic understood the need to advance its security solution to include not only a default-deny approach, but also fileless malware detection.
No other anti-malware program in the world offers this protection technology.
The security program also made innovative alterations to its adblocking structure to block the infinite alerts hackers use to create technical support scams.
These scams are not viruses, but instead pop-up alerts claiming the user needs to call a third-party for assistance to “fix” their computer.
These claims are false, and merely a way to steal the users hard-earned money.
(Learn More. PC Matic – Fake Virus Scam Blocker. Courtesy of PC Pitstop and YouTube. Posted on May 30, 2018.)
PC Matic Adblocker
PC Matic’s adblocker technology keeps your PC and data secure from malicious ads, or malvertising attacks.
These attacks have become increasingly advanced, effectively infecting PCs without the user even clicking on the ad.
With the use of PC Matic’s adblocker, these malicious ads are blocked from ever showing up on your PC, therefore protecting your privacy, data and PC from infection.
Their adblocker also stops persistent pop-up advertisements.
These ads are not only an annoyance, but they are also designed to obtain the user’s personal information such as location, computer information, and browsing habits.
This information is in turn sent to other companies for further analysis and sales efforts.
Since PC Matic’s adblocking technology effectively stops these pop-up ads, this personal information is not able to be gathered.
Automated PC Maintenance
PC Matic’s automated PC maintenance occurs every time you scan your computer with the PC Matic software.
- Defragments Disks
- Updates Drivers
- Cleans Registry
- Optimizes SSDs
- Removes Junk Files
- Optimizes Broadband
- Updates Common Software Automatically
- Removes Unnecessary Start Up Apps
- Deactivates Unnecessary Windows Tasks
- Disables Resource Hogging Start Ups
- Accelerates Downloads in FF and IE
- Fixes Software Vulnerabilities
Made in the USA
Unlike their competitors, PC Matic takes great pride in the fact that all of the research, development and support for PC Matic is right here in the United States.
For various reasons, all of their competitors outsource some piece of their product; whether it is research, development, support or all three.
PC Matic believes by keeping all pieces of the product in the United States, there is an increase in the reliability of the security product.
The best security software, is made in America.
Case in Point
On September 13th, the U.S. government banned all software created by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab from government agencies, amid concerns of ties to state-sponsored cyber espionage activities.
Specifically noted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
- Ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies, and
- Requirements under Russian law that allow Russian intelligence agencies to request or compel assistance from Kaspersky and to intercept communications transiting Russian networks.
(American government agencies are now banned from using software created by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. Courtesy of Wochit News and YouTube)
DHS has ordered federal civilian agencies to:
- Identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems in the next 30 days
- To develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products in the next 60 days, and
- At 90 days from the date of this directive, unless directed otherwise by DHS based on new information, to begin to implement the agency plans to discontinue use and remove the products from information systems.
Cyber criminals have continued to advance with their malicious attack methods.
Shouldn’t your security solution do the same?
Since 2009, PC Matic has proved complacency is not an option.
The PC Matic team has continued to provide an innovative approach to endpoint and server security, ensuring an effective and efficient way to keep American data safe from today’s cyber threats.
PC Pitstop in the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.
The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.
As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, PC Matic will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of InnovativeAnti-Malware Solutions.
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:
- The Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Leaders in Private Security