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pcInternet Patrol

CNET Editors' review

Designed to fill security breaches and usability gaps in existing protection software, pcInternet Patrol makes a handy add-on to your existing set of security tools. The application compensates for its rather lengthy installation process with a modern, attractive, and straightforward interface. The program asks your permission every time a new application wants to start and remembers your decision for later. The program also comes with a database of safe applications, so it won't bug users with endless questions. pcInternet Patrol has a database of known malicious applications, though our tests show it doesn't include adware. The utility's biggest advantage is that it lets you quickly submit an unknown suspicious application to pcInternet Patrol's developers for analysis. While waiting for an answer, you can block all network operations for the software in question. We recommend pcInternet Patrol as a good addition to antivirus utilities, spyware-removal tools, and firewalls.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Not perfect, but the best in the wrong category"

    April 24, 2005  |   By Troll42

    Version: pcInternet Patrol 3.2.3.1

    Pros

    I am using Patrol for the last 6 months and sincerely believe that this is a technological gem that for whatever reasons has not yet been discovered by the main stream. After reading sloppybones post I killed Patrol with Ctr-Alt-Del (my 5 years old coul do that) and it popped back asking if I want to restart it. I think that is pretty good!

    Diamond Security has completely different functionality and certainly does not have any of Patrol, but I think that they would work well together. I do not understand why they call Patrol a firewall. I think in a conventional sense a free ZA is much, much better firewall. BUT! without Patrol any firewall in the hands of 99% of us is just a guessing game as far as authorization of applications is concerned. I use Patrol side by side with ZA. I do not know any program that authenticates components in real time.

    Cons

    I guess the only problem with Patrol is that it is slows you down in the first few minutes after installation. I wish they would install the local database of some common components, when they install the program. Or, may be that just the price to pay for real-time. I think that it should not be in a firewalls category, but not sure which place would be appropriate.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It does not work."

    April 20, 2005  |   By slappybones

    Version: pcInternet Patrol 3.2.3.1

    Pros

    It can find and terminate most "firewall breakers" such as PcAudit, which is a program, by coincidence, designed by the makers of Pc internet patrol.

    Cons

    I purchased this product after doing some research and I found the reviews to be very good. However, this program does NOTHING to stop unknown threats and malicious activity. A 18 year old programming student at my university took about 15 minutes writing a harmless rogue program that not only beat this junk, but shut it completely down..We had a good laugh, then I remebered the $39 I spent on it. Just check Ghost security and download a small program called regtest, then try a program called advanced process termination from Diamond Security if you think I am lying.

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