WinPatrol

WinPatrol

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 764 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    17.0.2010
  • Total Downloads:
    1,689,612
  • Date Added:
    October 12, 2009
  • File Size:
    1.1MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    217
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.8

    out of 72 votes

    • 5 star 62
    • 4 star 9
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    out of 764 votes

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    • 3 star 32
    • 2 star 14
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5 stars

"I Love Scotty! Wroof Has Saved So Much Grief!"

May 14, 2010  |  By kamanjah

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

Easy to use, helps keep clutter out of memory any time you install something that thinks it needs to run on startup by letting you decide whether to let it run or not. I love it so much that I just upgraded to the paid PLUS version

Cons

None that I've found, and I'm a software QA person who is a bug magnet.

Summary

What's not to like about free?!! Try it, you'll love it!

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5 stars

"AWESOME SOFTWARE"

April 30, 2010  |  By gord8166

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

To many to name. I will just say this..... If you care about what is written on your computer system files, this is a must have!

Cons

There is only one! The user.

Summary

DOWNLOAD NOW!

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5 stars

"Fabulous program that keeps me in control of my PC."

April 28, 2010  |  By strawberryy77

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

Having Scotty on patrol gives me tremendous piece of mind when I'm updating current programs/applications or downloading new ones. Nothing gets by Scotty! It's genius!

Cons

Not one thing.

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4 stars

"It works. That's for sure."

April 07, 2010  |  By Touchito

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

Antivirus and antispyware wont secure your machine 100% With WinPatrol the evasive malware will be neutralized.

Cons

It asks for aproval every time you make even a little change to your system configuration (by downloading a new version of an app) instead of detecting that you (not malware) are doing it.

Summary

You can't see your antispyware in action, but you do see WinPatrol doing its job, and the way it works/interact with you makes sense a lot with what you do with your computer, so even if you don't know much about computers (like me) you do know that your WinPatrol is doing a good job ...for only a few bucks.

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5 stars

"Great tol to manage you running prigrams"

April 05, 2010  |  By Steven J Clark

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

I like how it alerts me when there is a change being made and lets me get more onfo on the program when needed

Cons

Sometimes it an nag you a little too much, but you can change that if you want.

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5 stars

"does everything it says on the box and then some more"

March 25, 2010  |  By Tom_the1

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

software is stable and reliable

Cons

works well on all OS systems I run

Summary

Nero is as close as you get to perfectly written and described software.PLUS the support , if required, is fast and professional

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5 stars

"INCREDIBLE customer support...worth every penny"

March 21, 2010  |  By 18cdbob18

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

This program together with its customer support are like having a free IT staff in many instances. Since most problematic programs are connected with StartUp, using WinPatrol Plus can solve many of them.

Cons

Absolutely none except that it makes any other program's customer support seem unresponsive by comparison.

Summary

Moving from the free to the Plus version is a must for anyone having pc problems...which includes almost everyone. Start with free to 'learn the ropes,' then upgrade to Plus for their tremendous support: both online (that explains other programs better than their own developers) and email (rapid, friendly and on-target). If only everything on your pc worked as well !. But using this program goes a long way towards making everything else work faster and better.

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5 stars

"The Big Daddy of antimalware solutions"

March 04, 2010  |  By marcberman

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

Light, simple GUI, easy and fast install, does the job it's designed to do, no frills.

Cons

No cons but remember folks this is not your normal antimalware product, there is no scanner and malware database or removal tools.

Summary

Been using WinPatrol for years I enjoy having scotty sit in my system tray and I really don't mind the odd bark or two. Hats off to Bill for a quality product that already has legendary status amongst die-hard geeks. Free to use but well worth the plus version for a lifetime of protection and help.

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4 stars

"So far it has caught everything but one infected file."

February 28, 2010  |  By dan_baesler

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

I love the way it works in the background yet I have the option to scan whenever I wish. Also the automatic update, totally effortless.

Cons

As I said, It did let in one infected file however that can be expected with a file sharing program and it let me know where it was at so I could delete it. Plus it went no farther than that.

Summary

I would recommend it's use to others. I wonder though, I have another virus and spyware program on here that really doesn't seem to do anything. But it's there. Could having both programs affect the speed of my computer? Perhaps someone could answer this for me. Thanks Filled

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5 stars

"Stupendous results!"

February 26, 2010  |  By keimanzero

 |  Version: WinPatrol 17.0.2010

Pros

WinPatrol truly is a watchdog for internet parasites and gremlins and I whole-heartedly recommend it.

Cons

You forget it's there and then it pops up when and where you least expect it like Kato does on Inspector Clouseau!

Summary

It came highly laueded, praised and recommended by guys who know their onions when it comes to computing navigation! It achieved results in less than 5 minutes after I had been trying w/ other junk for over 2 years!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 17.0.2010
In version 17.0.2010, monitoring components rewritten in assembler to increase the speed and compatibility with other security programs. Support for Firefox and Chrome SQLite cookies is added.
General
Publisher BillP Studios
Publisher web site http://www.winpatrol.com/
Release Date October 12, 2009
Date Added October 12, 2009
Version 17.0.2010
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.1MB
File Name wpsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,689,612
Downloads Last Week 217
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Limited access to PLUS database
Price Free

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