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HARRISBURG, PA — A technical issue that impacted online voter registration in Pennsylvania has been restored as of Monday morning, the Pennsylvania Department of State said.

Online voter services and election applications are “fully operational” following an outage that began late Saturday. The outage was due to an equipment failure at a data center managed by Unisys, the Secretary of State said.

“The outage was due to an issue with the contractor’s equipment, and there is no evidence of malicious interference,” Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said. “All data was backed up, as always.”

As of Monday morning, voters can once again go online to votesPA.com to register to vote, apply for a mail ballot and other services.

Multiple commonwealth agencies were impacted by the outage, and some remain so as of Monday morning.

The Department of State’s professional licensing services are among the applications that are still affected, officials

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Weather you know it or not, every time your computer starts up there are programs that run in the background and start up without your knowledge every time your computer comes up. Even though many of these programs are often times necessary to run your PC, sometimes it helps to turn a few of these things off to help increase your computers performance. But beneficial programs are not the only things that start up when you boot up your computer. Sometimes, if you are infected with a virus or a malware, they too will come up when your PC reboots so that they can run in the background without you even knowing they are there until you start noticing some of the tell tale signs that something is wrong.

Safekeeper is one such malware. Disguised to look and act as if it’s really a beneficial antispyware program, this malicious software … Read More