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Michael A Fitzwater
20 Feb 2020

How do I get Seagate to stop sending a page to my screen when it copies a file?

Posted by:

Doc
20 Feb 2020

Mike -- you can run it on your limit of computers, and you can move it from one PC to another, as long as you don't exceed the number of machines your license is for. I called and checked before I bought an evergreen license. I can run it on PC's that range from Far NoCal - to Central Cal. -- The reason that you don't want to buy a life-time license for 5 and share it with your friends is that whoever has the program can see ALL your personal data that's connected to your account. So keep it personal.

Ask Customer support - they've always gotten back to me - often the same day and within an hour. I think all you do is remove it from one machine and put it on another - so long as you don't exceed your total license. I was worried about IP addresses, and they said don't worry - it's all OK. I run World Community Grid 24/7 on all my machines so I was worried about protection for multiple IP addresses scattered all over the North State simultaneously - and they said no problem - and so far, so good.

Posted by:

jim
20 Feb 2020

I switched to PCMatic from another company YEARS ago. AVG left me with an infected computer, something that I have never had with PCMatic.

Posted by:

RandiO
21 Feb 2020

Article’s referenced AV-Test site (https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/) shows that PCMatic is 15th of 18 contenders, in their results. But then again, Avast is rated as #2 and Microsoft Defender is rated at the 12th position.

>>“As far as I know, PC Matic is the only internet security product that's entirely US-based, including research, development and support.”
Question #1: Does this statement mean that Microsoft Defender is NOT entirely made in the United States?

>>“I've been running FITB since September 2018, and …., I've given it a score of ZERO. That's ZERO for how many times my computers were infected by viruses, spyware, or ransomware. ZERO for the number of times the software nagged me to upgrade or buy some related service. And ZERO for how many times the company sold my personal information to third-party data brokers.” (FITB = Fill In The Blank)
Question #2: Could such results be attributed to safe-computing user habits, rather than the FITB protection software used?
Question #3: Could such results be similarly obtained with other FITB software on the market, by the same aware user?

I ask these question because I have had article’s same exact results (based on the rating of ZERO) with my FITB, which costs ZERO price with ZERO time for maintenance/upkeep, and for at least the last decade.

Posted by:

Walt
21 Feb 2020

I tried PC Matic after you first recommended it. I found it quite annoying and deleted it! Installed Bitdefender and MBAM which allowed a nasty trojan
in, They could not delete it. Ended up using ClamWin plus Avira (temporary installs) to finally
remove it.
After reading PC Mag's review of antimalware, I installed VooDooShield plus uBlock Origin, which they claim is probably impenetrable! Uses a black list plus a white list as well as 12 AV engines in the cloud! if anything gets in, its because ypu clicked to let it in!

Posted by:

Frank
21 Feb 2020

Add me to the "True Believers" list. I am coming up on a year with PC Matic since ditching IObit Advance System Care and Avast before that. Both just "nickel and dime" me to the point of aggravation. No problems with PC Matic. Running on two desktops, one smart phone and a tablet is next on the list. As soon as I can spell "able" I am going to Evergreen. I am thoroughly happy with my made in the USA product.

Posted by:

Bob K
21 Feb 2020

Very happy with Malwarebytes, no need for trying anything else.

Posted by:

marty m
21 Feb 2020

I have been running PC Matic for a couple years and love it. It has blocked a site or 2 but a simple click and it works fine.
I ran Trend Micro for over a decade and it only had one or two failures. So far PC Matic is flawless.

Posted by:

Alan D
21 Feb 2020

Yes Bob, I thoroughly agree with your assessment of PC Matic. I read your review, I guess about a year ago. I was running Norton 360 at the time and still had a full year to go on my subscription. My subscription was about to expire so, I went with PC Matic and am very pleased with the program. It ran flawlessly the first time and thereafter. It costs a little less than Norton, and that makes me even happier I made the change. I was initially impressed when I watched the ads on TV, when Mr. Cheng said it is made in the U.S.A. and most of the others aren't!

Posted by:

Stephen
21 Feb 2020

I went in a different direction. I stopped using Voodooshield, Sandboxie and Bitdefender and replaced them with ReHIPS, Windows Defender and MalwareBytes Windows Firewall Control. The latter two are free programs. I've had no problem with malware, virus etc in the past two years.

Posted by:

tristram
21 Feb 2020

@Curtis wrote:
"On reading your review last year I decided to try it over Norton 360. Iam glad I listened to you (purchased through your patch to give the credit proper)"

Where can I find this "patch" for purchasing?

Posted by:

misterfish
21 Feb 2020

Another useful report, thank you Bob. From your recommendation I would happily stump up the evergreen fee, but as a pensioner on pathetic British pension it is beyond my means for now. In fact it costs more than my desktop...
Yep, I know the risks of running lesser protection free software, but I'll have to make do with it - at least a good back-up regime is free!

Posted by:

Ray Clinton
21 Feb 2020

I've been using PC- MATIC for over 5 years and have never had a problem with it. I went to the evergreen plan after the first year and no longer deal with a yearly charge and removing old computers and adding new ones is a easy. I have had excellent success with there tech support. I recommended it to our church after they had some malware problems and they purchased a lifetime for 10 computers. They haven't had any additional problems since we installed it 4 years ago

Posted by:

Old Guy
21 Feb 2020

I started using PCmatic taking the commercial claims at face value several years ago. I had previously dodged a couple of ransomware attacks that my free security missed. Since using PCmatic no threats, no issues. It's great piece of mind knowing I have one less concern about those seeking to mulishly attack my online activity.

Posted by:

Norman Rosen
21 Feb 2020

I also have been using PC Matic for at least 15 years. The first time I used it on a computer I had been using for a number of years, I immediately noticed an improvement in performance. I then put it on every new computer I have owned. Never had a problem with it, never had a virus. I have an Evergreen license, one of the best purchases I have ever made. Wonderful program.

Posted by:

Joe
21 Feb 2020

I have been using PC Matic for about 6 years and I also went for the "evergreen" and paid the $150.00 for the for-ever service and I have not had any
problems.I run the complete scan about once a month just to let it do its thing. Great program!

Posted by:

michael
21 Feb 2020

I read your piece with both mighty optimism AND skepticism. It is very STRANGE that a top picks article embedded in the midst of your piece, i.e., numbers of Google top listings web pages DIDN’T EVEN MENTION PCMATIC. Are we to believe that your recommendation supersedes those of a long listing of “security” programs, even from Google? Might this simply be a result of a Google programmer who doesn’t like PCMATIC and dropped it from their comparison? Gotta wonder!
Moreover, although I’m impressed with PCMatic’s listing of functionality, BUT the pricing is VERY MUCH OUT OF WHACK! As a single user I find it abhorrent that we are demanded to pay five times the amount of those with a brood of users. Aren’t my pockets emptied sufficiently by the government to pick up the “differential” cost for their promises?
I respectfully suggest that PCMatic restructure their cost for single-seat customers to $50/per five years in lieu of $50/yr. As it currently stands, the payment structure is no different than our paying for government programs promised by politicians for votes, especially since the single user gets nothing beyond reducing the weight of dollars in their pockets. If I want to contribute to such programs or people I’ll give at the office. I am confident that I am not alone in such sentiments and that returning moral equity to their pricing also would induce a lot of singles to buy in.

IN SHORT, INTRODUCE EQUITY INTO THE PRICING SCHEMA OR CONTINUE TO FORGET ABOUT SINGLE “SEAT” USERS.

Posted by:

soussi
21 Feb 2020

If PCmatic costs $50,00 for 5 PCs, why is it not possible to sell it for $10,00 for 1 PC only? 50:5=10$). If this is the case I´ll buy one even if it costs $20,00; but $50,00 is too expensive!!!

Thank you for the reply.

Posted by:

Charley
21 Feb 2020

Over the years I have used MANY different anti-malware solutions (Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Bitdefender, AVG, Avast, Avira, etc.). Sometimes I chose a free one because I had an extra computer I didn't use very often and didn't want to pay for another license. Other times I switched because of performance problems (Norton in the old days was a known performance hog but they eventually fixed that). Sometime I just wanted to try out the different interfaces and features. And I keep up with the reviews on av-test.org and other testing sites to make sure that the software I choose is doing a good job protecting me.

I currently use Norton because it works wells and it is free from Comcast if you are Comcast Internet subscriber. Many ISPs provide you with a decent free antivirus.

Depending on your needs, Windows Defender is probably good enough for most people.

PC Matic when it was PC Pitstop had a mix of good and bad reviews. But current reviews of PC Matic seem to have gotten better and it gets pretty good reviews these days.

Posted by:

Dana Lynch
21 Feb 2020

I have been using paid Avast Premium Security for 2 years and also had zero results. It has blocked suspicious websites and script. It blocks suspicious software I'm installing which I know is safe by adding to Block Exemption. I have no popups of any kind so I'm happy with it so far.

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