What is stock market prediction?

Stock market prediction is the act of trying to determine the future value of a company stock or other financial instrument traded on an exchange. The efficient-market hypothesis suggests that stock prices reflect all currently available information and any price changes that are not based on newly revealed information thus are inherently unpredictable.

What is voice / speech processing?

Speech processing is the study of speech signals and the processing methods of these signals. The signals are usually processed in a digital representation, so speech processing can be regarded as a special case of digital signal processing, applied to speech signal. Aspects of speech processing includes the acquisition, manipulation, storage, transfer and output of speech signals. The input is called speech recognition and the output is called speech synthesis.

What is checksum calculation?

Checksum calculation is used for testing data integrity. The result is a small-sized alphanumeric string derived from a block of digital data for the purpose of detecting errors which may have been introduced during its transmission or storage. It is usually applied to an installation file after it is received from the download server.

What is cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange just like the usual currencies, the dollar and the euro. Cryptography is used to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new coins. The first cryptocurrency created dates back to 2009. Today, there are hundreds of other cryptocurrencies, often referred to as Altcoins. In the simplest of forms, cryptocurrency is digital currency.

What is cryptocurrency mining?

A coin miner is a simple executable that validates transactions between users. You can picture it as a virtual notary. A miner doesn’t access any files on your PC, doesn’t interfere with your work either; all it does is use your processing power for mathematical computations. A miner is only a transaction validator.

Why is bitcoin mining considered evil by some antiviruses?

Many countries (like Japan) saw the power of cryptocurrency and decided to consider it a real asset. More countries are agreeing that cryptocurrency is good to the economy and each day more and more banks are trying to add cryptocurrencies to their portfolio. There was indeed a time where virtual money was considered “evil” because it has been used in illegal activities. But if you think deeper - any real-world currency can be used to both doing legal and illegal actions. Should we consider the dollar or the euro illegal just because some people use them to buy drugs?

My antivirus detects PowerCore as malware. Why?

Antivirus companies try to detect as much malware on your PC as possible; otherwise you wouldn’t buy their product. The competition between antivirus companies forced them to sometimes detect harmless files as “potential threats”. Let’s take a look at cookies: they are not evil at all! Sometimes websites store in cookies your browsing preferences so they can offer you a better experience next time you visit them. However, you will find a lot of antivirus and antimalware solutions that will scream like hell “malware”. This is not right and the exact same paranoia applies to cryptocurrency transaction validation. Our suggestion is to report this as a false positive because:

  • You agreed to install PowerCore and it wasn’t deployed on your PC without your knowledge
  • You can deactivate it or stop using it at any time you like - and this is not something malware would allow you to do
  • PowerCore is also listed in the Add / Remove Programs applet of your PC, allowing you to remove it from there as well
  • You were informed about the way PowerCore works

An application should be considered “malware” only if it is installed on a user’s PC without their knowledge or with an improper description of it’s real actions.