WatchDog


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
9.3
File Size:
9.74MB
Date Added:
February 29, 2008
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $24.99 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
100,093
Downloads Last Week:
77
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

WatchDog gives you comprehensive control over how your computer is used, and how it monitors various activities. The program's bland but straightforward and familiar interface makes it easy to set permissions for users and to assign users to specific groups.

Basically, the program overrides the native Windows Task Manager and gives the Administrator the keys to the car. You can control not only what programs other users can access, but when they use them and even when the computer can turn on. You can shut down the PC after a specified period of time, or allow or block access for any hour or day of the week.

The newly-added URL filter builds on the full array of functions that the app presents. Hard drives, the Start menu and the Control Panel can be hidden from view, and the screenshot and keylogging functions give WatchDog some serious heft.

One drawback is that the Web filter is based on URL keywords and blacklists, so there's a strong possibility that some undesired content could make it through. Given the depth of control the app provides, we'd recommend WatchDog both for parents and for very small businesses.

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  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    2.7

    out of 3 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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