WinPatrol

WinPatrol

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    19.3.2010.5
  • Total Downloads:
    1,689,612
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 21, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.1MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    217
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #29 in Anti-Spyware

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

    4.5

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star 18
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 764 votes

    • 5 star 531
    • 4 star 162
    • 3 star 32
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 25
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5 stars

"Works very well"

February 12, 2011  |  By ahmadifaisal

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

Could not find better for start up programs management

Cons

none that I encountered

Summary

Worth having

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5 stars

"I have always liked this product. I still do."

February 07, 2011  |  By anartist_cnet

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

Trusty Scotty, always on guard. Even the personification is reassuring.

Cons

Not always up-to-date on his executable-file reviews

Summary

Everyone using this program should provide info if they can on an executable that draws a blank

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5 stars

"been using ten years... absolutely necessary in arsenal"

February 04, 2011  |  By BeachBum6

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

finite control and knowledge of what each startup and every-other task is, and whether it is necessary or not; in addition to knowing if it might be or is malicious

Cons

i don't like background tasks, but if i had to get it down to one... this one would be the sole survivor

Summary

Automation is never going to be enough to fight off all the bad guys. Eventually you are going to have to dig into what is running, and manually determine on your own what is good and bad. WinPatrol Plus (and you gotta' have the Plus part... so free isn't going to do it), is the only Helper out there that can make ease the burden of this necessary task. Or you can call your neighbor (that would me me) to help you dig out, and the first thing I will do is install WinPatrol as my little helper.

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5 stars

"A Fine Program"

February 03, 2011  |  By kenneth sloan

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

Easy To Use.

Cons

Needs To Explain some Alerts

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5 stars

"Allows you to control your start-up environment."

February 02, 2011  |  By robosolo

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

I have used WinPatrol for several years and find it to be excellent. I started with the free version and eventually upgraded to the paid, so that I could conveniently research system-changing program alerts.

Cons

Have not encountered any yet.

Summary

Get the free version and then upgrade to the inexpensive
paid one.

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5 stars

"love Scotty and his alert barks !!!!"

January 30, 2011  |  By van02

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

love Scotty and his alert barks !!!!

Cons

love Scotty and his alert barks !!!!

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5 stars

"no one gets past win patrol."

January 19, 2011  |  By TBMike

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

Tells you whats running and in your start up sequence. Any new programs have to ask your permission to run. One of the best available. Better than most.

Cons

I would like better description of the programs that are running. Often resort to google'ing program names to figure out what they are.

Summary

If you think you have things running in your start up you don't need Win patrol will find them.

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5 stars

"Excellent info. on almost all items you select (Plus)"

January 08, 2011  |  By rbell777

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

Greatest "watchdog" software I've used. Very useful info. on obscure programs, add-on's, start-ups, etc.

Cons

Produces a lot of "catch up" warnings if you haven't been running it continuously, so you should either run it continuously or be patient after starting periodically.

Summary

Very good, user-friendly, very informative program, and educational about lots of legitimate as well as potential "mal-ware".

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5 stars

"very helpful and easy to use"

January 04, 2011  |  By BillNTacoma

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

manages those pesky start up programs with ease.

Cons

sometimes I don't understand what some of the programs really do and the explanation is not good enough.

Summary

I feel it gives you more control of your start up routine.

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1 stars

"Terrible Program"

January 04, 2011  |  By elite1983

 |  Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

Pros

nothing . will make you nuts try to get rid of.

Cons

you cannot remove this from your PC to save your life.

Summary

Poorly written program. Trace elements all over . Must be BOTs or Cookies,adware, ect

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher BillP Studios
Publisher web site http://www.winpatrol.com/
Release Date November 21, 2010
Date Added November 21, 2010
Version 19.3.2010.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
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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