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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:

    4.5 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    February 7, 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    February 4, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "A Fine Program"

    February 3, 2011  |   By kenneth sloan

    Version: WinPatrol 19.3.2010.5

    Pros

    Easy To Use.

    Cons

    Needs To Explain some Alerts

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    February 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

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

    January 8, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "very helpful and easy to use"

    January 4, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible Program"

    January 4, 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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