WinPatrol

WinPatrol

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 765 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    33.1.2015.0
  • Total Downloads:
    1,700,044
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 05, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    235
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #25 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

+

WinPatrol gathers useful Windows utilities in one free toolkit. Watchdog mascot Scotty monitors and manages Startup Programs, Cookies, Active Tasks, Services, IE Helpers, and more. It also helps you sort legitimate Hidden Files from possible problems, troubleshoots file associations, and more.

Pros

Cookie search and destroy: Enter text on the Cookies tab, and WinPatrol will automatically delete any cookies containing the text portion in IE, Chrome, and Mozilla-based browsers (such as Firefox).

Delayed start: Delaying non-critical programs can make Windows start faster. Your apps will still be ready to use when you need them.

File types: Selecting a Program Title and pressing info displays its associated program, command, extension, and other information specific to each type.

Active tasks: Highlighting any active task and pressing Enter produces a pop-up with program information and a Kill Task button.

Cons

Busy interface: WinPatrol's compact user interface packs a lot of features into an efficient space, but we're not alone in finding three rows of tabs visually and functionally challenging.

Plus required: Some of WinPatrol's tabs access features only active with the paid upgrade, which doesn't help much with the aforementioned layout clutter.

Bottom Line

With useful and efficient features, WinPatrol is the sort of no-nonsense Windows toolkit we like to see. It's not difficult to use and has something for everyone, though experienced users will probably get more out of it than novices do.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+

Results 1–10 of 727

3 stars

"Great for dial-up and older computers"

January 17, 2015  |  By Bighugs1965

 |  Version: WinPatrol 32.0.2014.5

Pros

Easy install
Easy on Resources
Easy to use
Free & effective to a point

Cons

A lot of wasted space. No longer viable for newer technology and computers. Doesn't accomplish much that can't be done better using native windows software or other real time system monitors available here on Cnet.

Summary

At one time WinPatrol was the Sh**t. That was fifteen years ago. Now you have native Windows programs that do more and do it better. There is also a plethora of free software that can accomplish the functions of Winpatrol Free Much better and in real time. However it's still Great for dial-up and older computers.

Updated on Feb 9, 2015

I just wanted to clarify something. I know a lot of people who still have dial up and computers as old as Window 98SE. For these folks Winpatrol is probably the best solution of it's kind. Up until my most recent computer I always used Winpatrol. With programs like System Explorer and the like, I really just don't need Winpatrol anymore. It is still a decent program however.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Whats the point?"

November 21, 2014  |  By lethal57

 |  Version: WinPatrol 32.0.2014.5

Pros

Lots of tools in one place

Cons

Could and can get these tools elsewhere easily...(within windows).

Prolfiled and lauded Scan function as well as the purpose for the software is a mystery

Summary

Why? It is Clutter

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

1 stars

"Disappointed"

June 30, 2014  |  By lahavyanai

 |  Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

Pros

Easy installation

Cons

I purchased the software. Gave her a chance to work for three months, while surfing or installing software, many spyware and such that took over the browser, went into to the computer, , except for barking that there is another file during the windows boot ,this software did NOTHING / of course I removed the malicious software with other software. program's interface contains a half of useless things. The bark is useless when it comes to malicious software.

Summary

I Really let it work for three months before I wrote my opinion, sorry, waste of money.

Updated on Jul 1, 2014

" program's interface contains a half of useless things"
I meant that the interface(gui) of the winpatrol software is unnecessary, if that a protection software so I want only information about this.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

1 stars

"At one time this was useful."

June 18, 2014  |  By mikoyangurevich15

 |  Version: WinPatrol 28.6.2013

Pros

No longer preferential after Window7.

Cons

The combination of a higher User Account Control setting in Windows 7 and System Explorer does so much more than this piece of antiquated and limited software.It can,in fact,interfere with security software.I strongly recommend that you not use this any longer.

Summary

I strongly recommend that you not use this any longer.Heed my warning about System Explorer and User Account Control settings.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (1)

4 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

3 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.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 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).

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"kicks the lamas ass"

December 03, 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

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 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.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

Results 1–10 of 727

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for WinPatrol
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update Your Review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
What's new in version 33.1.2015.0
Version 33.1.2015.0 contains for following:
  • Improved History processing now includes history of any items restored. For example, when a file is removed from the Startup tab it displays "START_Remove". If the file is restored, an entry is added "START_Restored" to give confirmation and so you can track what has been done.
  • Fixed bug in History Restore functionality that cause restore to fail on many occasions.
  • Improved automatic clean-up and removal of files no longer on your computer from the WinPatrol database.
  • Updated alert processing to help eliminate repeat alerts.
  • Added code so that users of BitDefender 2015 should be able to use AutoPilot without receiving repeated alerts.
  • Fixed upgrade bug that results in two versions of WinPatrol running for some customers.
  • Added "First Detected" column to the Delayed Start Tab.
  • Added "Status" column to the Startup Programs Tab. Currently we do not recognize when 64-bit programs are running, we will have a full 64-bit version of WinPatrol available later this year.
  • Program description now displays in WinPatrol Explorer footer when highlighting a program.
  • Fixed sorting on date columns.
  • Fixed a bug Registry Monitoring that resulted in some keys not being monitored as they should have been.
  • Added note to Cookies tab that recommends closing any open browsers prior to editing cookies. We also added improved processing to handle if a browser is open so that you do not lose your changes. But we still recommend closing a browser before editing it's associated cookies because the major browsers all keep a cache of their cookies and will automatically restore anything they have not themselves removed.
General
Publisher Ruiware
Publisher web site http://www.winpatrol.com/
Release Date February 26, 2015
Date Added March 05, 2015
Version 33.1.2015.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.03MB
File Name wpsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,700,044
Downloads Last Week 235
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

Add to my list Report a problem
 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for WinPatrol

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK