Win Patrol Monitoring Strokes

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by Col Colt, May 6, 2006.

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  1. Col Colt

    Col Colt Registered Member

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    I have the latest version that I updated to last night of WinPatrol Plus. I've had this program for at least two years now. This morning when I first booted up, Zone Alarm warned me that "Win Patrol is trying to monitor your mouse movements and keyboard strokes". What's that all about? I haven't seen that before and can't imagine why that's needed as it's certainly not desired by me! Anyone have an idea about this?
     
  2. WSFuser

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    it may not be a mouse or keyboard hook, but rather a hook for some of its realtime protection. if it is a keyboard/mouse hook, then maybe winpatrol has some shortcuts for executing certain actions.
     
  3. Col Colt

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    Still seems a bit odd to me they would need to do that for any reason as I don't recall that coming up before.
     
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    Most security software uses hooks. This is the problem with using software that alerts you on everything, it's often hard to know what's legit and what's not.
     
  5. Franklin

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    Taken from Winpatrols faq:

    http://www.winpatrol.com/faq.html

    Does WinPatrol monitor my keystrokes?

    NO!
    Unfortunately, some programs have incorrectly indicated that Scotty is a keystroke spy. WinPatrol (PatrolPro.dll) uses a common Windows function called SetWindowsHook which allows Scotty to monitor some activities. This generic function is used by Windows to monitor a variety of actions including mouse clicks, internal messages, keystrokes, syscommands. In WinPatrol's case we use it to be notified when a new window is about to be created. A new window is one of the triggers used by R.I.D. to indicate a possible change in your installed programs.
    WinPatrol will never communicate with the internet unless you specifically request information.
     
  6. Col Colt

    Col Colt Registered Member

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    Well, that's refreshing to know!:) Thanks-it surely looked suspect. At least I know my ex-wife had nothing to do with it!:D
     
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