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WinPatrol

CNET Editors' review

WinPatrol is a security program intended to help clean up your computer and protect against spyware, worms, and other things that might harm it or slow it down.

This security software is certainly not for the novice computer user. It's different from other software that typically scans for threats, and that's where it can get confusing. If you know an above-average amount of information about computers, you'll probably find certain tabs -- like Startup Programs and Delayed Start -- useful, but it's going to take a period of learning to really know what to do with ones like Cookies, File Types, and Hidden Files. This software does offer some Internet security, which we appreciated. The alert sound (dog barking) is cute but annoying after a while. Fortunately, that can be turned off. There's also a Help page for every tab -- though some of the tabs are not available in the free version -- and much of the information and instructions are written in a witty style, so even though you're taking in a lot of new information it won't be too boring or highbrow to understand. You're just simply not going to be able to enjoy the full benefits of this software right away, however, if you don't know much about the inner workings of your computer.

The download process was easy and simple. There weren't any problems while installing, either, so we're willing to give this a good rating.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 761 votes

    • 5 star: 531
    • 4 star: 162
    • 3 star: 32
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 22
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 7 votes

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

    "Good program but kinda irritating."

    March 16, 2014  |   By THE TRUTH TELLER

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    Great at stopping programs bho's toolbars and other junk from running on your rig.

    Cons

    kins of intrusive as it stops legit programs from running and barks all the time.

    Summary

    Good for novice users.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "spectacular"

    January 30, 2014  |   By ChoiceVoice

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    -light weight, runs smooth even on weak systems (my notebook has a weak atom processor and this runs great on it).
    -monitors your system for changes caused by spyware and alerts you.
    -has beefed up task manager.
    -guard your hosts, startups, active x, stop toolbar installs, stop home page highjacks, guard numerous registry values, alert you if uninstaller runs (if malware uninstalls something like your antivirus), monitor file associations, etc etc etc.
    -customer support is superb.
    -has a paid upgrade that is a lifetime license and its inexpensive.
    -has startup manager and can delay or kill startups on programs for faster boot. and will tell you if a new startup entry has been snuck into your system.
    -cookie manager
    -has portable version. and version for every version of windows (from 98 to windows 8).

    Cons

    -none, this is quality software.

    Summary

    makes life easier. you'll know whats happening on your system and have the tools to reverse changes. also has features to help you search for malware and kill it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "good I just would like to see it also work as firewall"

    January 24, 2014  |   By fernysalaz

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    is very good alerts very well, like to see a cleaner interface

    Cons

    it is not so easy to understand, interface is more for advance users, also does not have a firewall, I will like to have it that feature for extra protection, and should include automatic update and report sender in it.

    Summary

    very good, just needs cleaner interface for regular users, and other protection features like Firewall.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent tune up and alert tool."

    December 13, 2013  |   By el buckster

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    Great tool for system tuning and troubleshooting. Easy to turn startup items off. Alerts on registry/bootup/system changes. Really helps keep you aware of what's going on in your system, so trouble can be avoided or cleaned immediately.

    Cons

    For me, NONE! Just a great tool.

    Summary

    REMEMBER this is an tune-up/troubleshooting and ALERT tool, NOT an anti-virus/spyware or cleanup tool. I prefer to keep msconfig available as a troubleshooting tool, WINPATROL lets me tune my system without changing msconfig settings (so that tool is still available for further troubleshooting if needed).

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  • 5.0 stars

    "kicks the lamas ass"

    December 3, 2013  |   By captianzanax

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    pro user after a few years with the free ver
    just downloaded a update today

    Cons

    a bit of a learning curve but the delayed start and disable sections are easy enough

    that all folks

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Valuable addition to my computer"

    August 22, 2013  |   By beyondallken

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    Good enough for me to pay for the / Plus version a while ago.

    Cons

    Nothing to criticise

    Summary

    I have relied upon the help and security of this software for some years now, and commend it to all.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "WinPatrol - Don't start your computer without it!"

    August 13, 2013  |   By gswetsky

    Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

    Pros

    Bill has done an excellent job with WinPatrol. It has saved my computer on numerous occasions. I'm notified when my computer adds new startup programs as well as new services. I can easily see what programs, etcetera are running at any time.

    Cons

    Lately it seems Bill has been lax in his support of WinPatrol. Help questions don't get answered, his Facebook page doesn't get near the attention it formerly did. I hope this is merely a phase 'cause WP is a real kick butt program!

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