WinPatrol

WinPatrol

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 765 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    20.5.2011
  • Total Downloads:
    1,696,147
  • Date Added:
    May 15, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    1.03MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    239
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #23 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

    4.7

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    4.5

    out of 765 votes

    • 5 star 531
    • 4 star 162
    • 3 star 33
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 25
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5 stars

"Powerfull and free"

December 29, 2011  |  By senosen

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Struggled to get rid of GBPLUGIN until re-installed this program. It blocked the many installations requests of the plugin then in safe mode with IOBIT managed the first fase of unistall.

Cons

Nothing at all.

Summary

Great program to control your computer.

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3 stars

"Works OK . . . WHEN it works."

December 27, 2011  |  By jrc007

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Performs as advertised. However -

Cons

- program shuts down for no apparent reason.

Summary

Perhaps I have some sort of software conflict? Running Vista SP2.

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5 stars

"It's simple, quick, stops downloads, I'm in control."

December 19, 2011  |  By wetricky

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

It doesn't take over control of my computer. It's let's me know of an attempted download, but I decide how to proceed. It doesn't take a lot of space, a tutorial to know how to use, and it allows me to see and control my start-up apps and software in the easiest format I've seen. And I love the dog!

Cons

For me, there are no negatives with this program.

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5 stars

"have the pro version"

December 17, 2011  |  By Peccadilloes

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

still good for various alerts.

Cons

nto sure what they mean sometimes.

Summary

these reviews have rankings. but you cannot find 1 place where all rankings are together and updated with the latest reviews so that they are true and not reflecting older reviews.
hard to find which is no 1 if you have to trawl through each software.
not sure if the rankings are current as they have different dates of review.
downloads should have a page I can customise as eg
windows7 , free, software in editors ranking order, with all subcategories so that I need not do this each time I check out software.
2. all editor rankings should be easily shown on 1 page by category and current so i can always pick the best one and turf the earlier ones on my PC.
3. obsolete editor reviews should be marked and linked to current reviews clearly. - preferably archived.
so we only have current software with current reviews with links if needed to archive.
4. hard to assess 5* against obsolete rankings of say 17 out of 254, and unable to find no 1 except by going through all software 1 by 1, if it is really still accurate.
5. cannot post this anywhere else on your site.
no contact email.
6. I want to come to cnet and be sure I have the top products ranked in real time so that i can pick one or two sure in the knowledge that they are really the top reviewed software.
7. different antivirus software ratings for 2012 confuse me as to which is correct. eg PC Mag and ZDNet conflict with cnet though same reviewer

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5 stars

"Sit Ubu sit. Good Dog."

November 25, 2011  |  By nerdherfer

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Scotty is the best dog I've ever had. Braver than most fancy-pants av scanners, he bravely barks at anything amiss while all the other overrated software just cowers in fear.

Cons

We need more themed security software. I'd like a cat that catches corrupt win32 files. Or how about an axe-wielding maniac themed firewall that strikes down anything that resembles a Google or an Apple? (What did I-tunes try to install on my registry? 8000 entries?Good job Axe-Wielding Psychopath Firewall Version 3.2)

Summary

That dog and all it's yapping may tick you off at first, (SCOTTY, SHUT UP!!!) but after a while, a computer just isn't a computer without this little loyal friend. I've used it for many years, and it was the first thing my wife and I installed on our new computers. Woof indeed, old friend. That'll do pig. That'll do.

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4 stars

"I have used WinPatrol for several years. It's very good"

November 13, 2011  |  By casillero

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

It has kept my computer safe for a long time.

Cons

None that I know of.

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5 stars

"This program is the watchdog that every computer needs."

October 30, 2011  |  By PopeFred

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Wouldn't it be nice to have a little watchdog who barks when an intruder enters your environment? Win Patrol is your ticket. Scotty is the little dog who unobtrusively lives in your taskbar and barks when any changes are made to your system that signify malware intrusion. This is a beautifully tabbed little program with many tabs to look at various aspects of your system with. The startup tab lets you choose which programs start with your computer, and I cut my loading time down to almost nothing.

Cons

Win Patrol is not a substitute for a full-featured antivirus/antimalware program. It merely alerts you to system changes and stops intruders cold before they can get in... but your control over startup programs and other system features makes this program a must have.

Summary

I love this program. It's one of my favorites. Look at it this way: Heaven has gold roads. Purgatory has dirt roads, and Hell is the end of the road. Scotty keeps those roads well patrolled, and will surely keep your computer out of Hell.
Is that a good deal? You bet!
Get this one.

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5 stars

"Outstanding product! I've been using it forever."

October 05, 2011  |  By painterh

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Confirms any new startup applications. Let's you delay some startup apps to reduce startup load. Also gives you a look at running services.

Cons

None that I could think of.

Summary

I wouldn't be without that little Scotty dog icon in my tray.

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5 stars

"Makes me more aware what happening behind the scenes."

September 09, 2011  |  By tbninmn

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

Lets me know what programs are doing what behind the scenes.

Cons

I wish there was a way to permanently tell PC not to run things from certain company's, certainly there would need to be a way to undo this for future reasons.

Summary

I load this on all of my clients (family and neighbors ~25 PCs) computers that I regularly tune up and remove viruses!

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5 stars

"An excellent utility with a small footprint."

July 23, 2011

 |  Version: WinPatrol 20.5.2011

Pros

It works well...and it works in instances where other very good software has sometimes failed.

Cons

No cons regarding "Scotty" on Patrol

Summary

I would recommend it, but as always with new software, monitor it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 20.5.2011
Version 20.5.2011 updates SQLite code to support Firefox 4.0 users and reduces confusion when applications included their RUN registry in both the WOW64 key and legacy RUN key.
General
Publisher Ruiware
Publisher web site http://www.winpatrol.com/
Release Date May 15, 2011
Date Added May 15, 2011
Version 20.5.2011
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.03MB
File Name wpsetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,696,147
Downloads Last Week 239
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Limited access to PLUS database
Price Free

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