WinPatrol

WinPatrol

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 763 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
19.3.2010.5
File Size:
900.54KB
Date Added:
November 21, 2010
Price:
Free; $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
1,684,028
Downloads Last Week:
298
Product ranking:
#25 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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 Versions:

    4.5

    out of 763 votes

    • 5 star: 531
    • 4 star: 162
    • 3 star: 32
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 24
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 4 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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