In ''computer dummy'' terms, what is Winpatrol?

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ejr, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. ejr

    ejr Registered Member

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    I visited the Winpatrol website but didn't leave feeling like I truly understand what it does. What value does it bring to the table?

    I know that there is a free version, but what does that free version do for you?
     
  2. btman

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    You could download the free version and see what features it doesn't let you use lol. Best way to determine to keep a program is to try it.

    It does offer a decent amount of protection though...And there are other similar programs around... Mainly people say Arovax Shield... But I have no experience with Win Patrol... So my post ends lol.
     
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    Read this and you'll know: Winpatrol features
     
  4. Tarq57

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    I've been using this quite a while, currently using the 2007 Beta. It isn't true resident or realtime, but "patrols" every minute, or 7 minutes, the frequency can be adjusted for each category of protection. It guards against BHO's, Startup changes, IE add-ons, Services, scheduled tasks, and a couple of other areas. Can be set to guard changes to the Hosts file, too. It works. Every time I modify/add a program, within a minute or two afterward, there's an audible woof, and a Winpatrol popup asking if I want to approve a change.
    For a serious infestation, eg a trojan (Done this) it won't prevent the installation, but can seriously limit the damage then done. Or did in my case.
    Give it a try. It's intuitive to use, and quite helpful and informative.
     
  5. Hipgnosis

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    Tarq57....WinPatrol 2007 is out of beta now. Current version is 11.1.2007:11.1.2007
     
  6. Pedro

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    Something to play with:)
    I miss the dog!
     
  7. Perman

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    Hi, folks: I am using v.10, and very happy w/ it. I know there is one new feature called starup delayer with v.11. Does it function well? I recall to use a freeware w/ same name years ago, was not impressed. Now I have an app called Speed Startup, very effective. I just wonder should I upgrade to v.11. o_O
     
  8. Pedro

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    HA! ruf:D
     
  9. Tarq57

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    Thanks, Someone. Must update.
    Startup delayer works fine in Winpatrol, although there's only one application I've set it to delay. Not sure about touching some of the windows services, and some of them aren't available to be delayed, anyway.
     
  10. LoneWolf

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    Free is not real time,Plus version(paid)is real time.
     
  11. Tarq57

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    Ah. My oversight.
    Just found that in free version, monitoring of the Hosts file, and IE start page are in realtime, though. Pretty good.
     
  12. Pedro

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    RUF;)
    edit: why did i ever uninstall it? Never had issues with Scotty. It's pretty cool that bark. And it's informative.
     
  13. JerryM

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    I am not sure that Scotty really adds any security considering other applications I have. However, it provides a lot of information at one's fingertips that I find useful. I would hate to be without it.

    Jerry
     
  14. Pedro

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    I just asked for a full report:)
     
  15. Woody777

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    Scotty sure is cute & his Bark makes my dog Zoe Bark too. Rufff.
     
  16. JRCATES

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    Hey Jerry,

    I tend to agree somewhat regarding the security aspect of WP, considering the "other" apps that I have as well.....but from a basic "PC Management" standpoint, I think it's top shelf! All I know is if it were NOT for WinPatrol, there's no telling HOW MANY "Startup Programs", etc., would be sneaking themself into my SU Programs list. Not to mention all the "Services", etc. that I would have running. Right now, I usually have around 37 or 38 "Active Tasks" running normally....but that would probably be closer to 48-50 if not for WinPatrol! Seriously, seemingly about the only alerts that I get from my security software these days (aside from the occasional trojan caught by NOD32) are from Scotty....telling me that "Adobe Flash", or "Yahoo Messenger", or "RealPlayer", etc. wants to add itself as a "Startup Program" after I've just recently used or updated one of those type items....

    The PLUS version is very informative as well. Overall, it's a nice little program :thumb:
     
  17. JerryM

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    I agree, JR. I did have one interesting experience the other day.
    I decided to remove McAfee Site Advisor. I uninstalled it through Control Panel, searched and removed all I could find, but there was still a window coming up at start that Windows could not find SA. There was nothing under Programs.

    I went through everything I could think of, and then it dawned on me that it might be in Scotty's start up section. Sure enough I went there and found it was to be activated at start, and I guess it caused a search to see if it was actually happening.

    I removed it from Scotty's start up section, and the search at start went away.
    Obviously, neither ADD/Remove nor "Search" find everything.
    That might be useful for other applications that one wants to remove.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
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