WinPatrol

WinPatrol

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    25.0.2012.5
  • Total Downloads:
    1,689,612
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 11, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • 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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  • Current Version

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5 stars

"Wonderful Program"

October 02, 2012  |  By BinkyClark

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

Stays on watch, let's you know what is trying to change your system. Makes it easy to control Start programs to enable or disable. Informs you of many one line codes and what they are, if they are safe or not.

Cons

Don't know of any.

Summary

I have used this program for years. Love it! I have the paid version, because I depend on it so much in times of trouble, that I felt it was fare to contribute to the pockets of the brilliant designers. Thanks

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5 stars

"Have used Winpatrol for years. And really like it."

October 01, 2012  |  By Ol Rod

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

I have paid version. You pay once and are a member for always. It identifies all the stuff that is running in your computer. Paid members have access to an online data base. You click on the suspected running process, and they describe what it is, then tell you it is safe, or not. If it is not safe, Winpatrol can stop it and usually can remove it. It also monitors your system real-time and warns you if some program tries to change your computer. If you don't want the change, Winpatrol can stop that change.

Cons

It is not an anti-virus.

Summary

I like it.

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5 stars

"Great Program, But Short Lived."

September 28, 2012  |  By Several9920

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

WinPatrol worked great in the beginning. The small dog icon really took charge.

Cons

For what ever reason WinPatrol would stop working after so many months.

Summary

I would use WinPatrol for months with no problems, Then all of a sudden the program would disable itself and i couldn't get it to open anymore. Then i would reinstall only to have the same thing happen again. I figured maybe the people running this software disabled it on purpose to force me to use the paid version. I say this because, right before it would disable i would get nagging popup windows telling me to upgrade to the paid version. It was a excellent program i just got sick of installing and uninstalling, So i uninstalled for the last time and started using Arovax Shield which does the same thing WinPatrol does. To make a long story short, I think the makers of WinPatrol would prefer that you buy it rather than use to free version. If this is the case then why not make it trialware? Nonetheless it was a good program.

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5 stars

"great product"

September 25, 2012  |  By aamf1

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

Very good interface, easy to navigate

Cons

none noticed

Summary

nothing better on the market.

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5 stars

"great little program."

September 17, 2012  |  By patrick399

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

do not really need the paid version. free does it all.

Cons

none so far.

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5 stars

"Best product out there"

September 04, 2012  |  By lukenmelanie

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

This is a simple but great tool that keeps you in the know what is changing things on your computer

Cons

There are none

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5 stars

"Fantastic little (great) program"

August 11, 2012  |  By senosen

 |  Version: WinPatrol 25.0.2012.5

Pros

Saved my time once again, this time against the infamous Ask toolbar that silently installed with a game.
Warned about startup programs and dll installs...

Cons

Using for years without any problem.

Summary

A must have free security tool.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 25.0.2012.5
Version 25.0.2012.5 fixes repeating Uninstall alerts.
General
Publisher BillP Studios
Publisher web site http://www.winpatrol.com/
Release Date July 11, 2012
Date Added July 11, 2012
Version 25.0.2012.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
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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