ParetoLogic began in 2004 with the premise that computer users should be able to control the maintenance, security and optimization of their own PC. Today over 118 computer professionals, working out of their headquarters in Victoria, B.C., Canada, strive to continually research, develop, and support new technologies that further empower computer users of all abilities. Among their notable awards and distinctions ParetoLogic is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that has, for the last six years in a row, nabbed a spot on the Branham300 list of Top Canadian IT companies while also placing 22nd on the 2014 list of the top Canadian Software Companies.
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The Good

ParetoLogic’s products provide basic features that the average customer will find satisfactory. Overall, the company’s products garner high performance reviews. Institutions like West Coast Labs, for example, have certified the company as effective protection against common malware such as spyware, viruses, and Trojans. Their heuristic protection and low system resource usage are also major bonuses. While their website and mode of customer service seem a bit outdated, the company does come off as eager to address and assist the concerns of the customer on a case by case basis. This gives ParetoLogic a small business feel that some may find particularly charming. Their A+ rating on Better Business Bureau also gives assurance to their upstanding business ethics despite the awkwardness their website may incur.

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The Bad

While passing most private performance tests, ParetoLogic has not been reviewed by major private testing websites such as AV-Comparitives and AV-Test. As far as anti-virus and anti-malware software programs are concerned, they offer good quality protection over the basics. However, they also lack some of the features that have become standard among other anti-virus software. Features such as firewall functionality, email security, and anti-phishing, for example, are not included in the ParetoLogic XsoftSpy Antivirus Pro without upgrade. Download of the programs direct from the website is relatively easy, but the product must be purchased in order to test out. No free trials are offered on the majority of ParetoLogic products. There is a free scan available that will notify you of any malware detected, however, in order to remove and protect your PC you must register and pay for the added services of removal and protection.

In addition, pricing and general information are not easy to come by with this company. The ParetoLogic company website, for example, offers an ‘easy’ question and answer search that rarely works. All customer service contact must also be done through email. And while they promise to answer within 24 hours, the lack of ease and efficiency in this mode of communication make it difficult to have questions answered or other problems resolved.

The Bottom Line

ParetoLogic definitely has some pros and cons that have bemused us. Their products seem like a sturdy ‘no frills’ option for the less tech savy consumer. All things considered, ParetoLogic would not be a top recommendation as a worthwhile buy based on the lack of overall features, pricing/coverage, and customer service.

Price (*subject to change) Most prices are for 6 month long subscriptions only.

  • ParetoLogic Backup $7 (1 PC, per month)
  • ParetoLogic RegCure Pro $30 (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor $30 (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic EasyFileViewer $30 (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic FileCure $25-35 approx. (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS $40 approx. (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic Data Recovery Pro $50 (1 PC, 6 months)
  • ParetoLogic Privacy Controls $30 approx. (1 PC, 6 months)
  • XoftSpy AntiVirus Pro $39.95 (1 PC, 6 month)
  • Zheng Technology $30 (1 PC, 6 months)
  • RevenueWire $30(1 PC, 6 months)

Free trial offer

ParetoLogic offers a free 7-day trial of the ParetoLogic Backup Program. However, all programs come with a 30-day money back guarantee and a free systems scan.

Mobile protection

ParetoLogic does not offer security for mobile devices.


Anti-virus Protection

  • Safely disable any other anti-virus software for complete protection that will not slow down your computer.

Anti-spyware (Heuristic Protection)

  • Heuristic detection is an advanced technology that essentially analyzes the makeup of a file to determine whether it is indeed malware

Download Protection

  • Scans downloads to identify threats before they have a chance to cause damage

Game Mode

  •  A “silent mode protection” that allows undisturbed media viewing and play

Email Security

  • Protects you and your contacts from phishing scams, worms, and malicious files.


  • The Intrusion Detection System automatically blocks network threats and allows monitoring of log files and traffic.

Easy Share

  • Securely share files with friends, associates, or the public with over half a terabyte of space available between your devices.

Anti-Rootkit Technology

  • Protection against Rootkits which are malware that try to gain administrator-level access while also covering up their tracks.


ParetoLogic products, such as the XoftSpy AntiVirus Pro and the ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS, do not seem to have been submitted to AV-Comparative and AV-Test for testing. This means that there is a significant lack of objective data in regards to how well their products compare to competitors in terms of malware detection, blocking, and disinfection.

Tune-up & Speed

There was no information available regarding a tune-up feature and attempts to inquire concerning the matter from ParetoLogic went unanswered.


ParetoLogic is an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau, and has been continuously since 2006. The company holds an A+ (highest) rating on the website.

Time in Business

ParetoLogic was founded in 2004 (10+ years in business).


ParetoLogic was founded and is currently headquartered in Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Customer Service

ParetoLogic customer service is somewhat limited in scope. Clients have access to an online manual that covers the basics of getting started, scanning, and customization, as well as a Question and Answer search. Other than that, clients are limited to email only communication with customer service which promises to respond within 24 hours of inquiry.

*PC Compatible only

Operating System Requirements

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (32- & 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (32- & 64-bit)
  • Windows 8, 8.1 (32- & 64-bit)

Minimum system requirements:

  • 8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
  • 800 MHz processor
  • 1 GB of memory (RAM)

Recommended system requirements:

  • 8 GB available free hard disk space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
  • Intel CORE Duo (1.66 GHz) or equivalent processor
  • Memory (RAM): 1 GB for Windows XP and 1.5 GB for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

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