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WatchDog

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Editors' Review

by   / November 09, 2008

WatchDog gives you comprehensive control over how your computer is used, and how it monitors various activities. The program's bland but straightforward and familiar interface makes it easy to set permissions for users and to assign users to specific groups.

Basically, the program overrides the native Windows Task Manager and gives the Administrator the keys to the car. You can control not only what programs other users can access, but when they use them and even when the computer can turn on. You can shut down the PC after a specified period of time, or allow or block access for any hour or day of the week.

The newly-added URL filter builds on the full array of functions that the app presents. Hard drives, the Start menu and the Control Panel can be hidden from view, and the screenshot and keylogging functions give WatchDog some serious heft.

One drawback is that the Web filter is based on URL keywords and blacklists, so there's a strong possibility that some undesired content could make it through. Given the depth of control the app provides, we'd recommend WatchDog both for parents and for very small businesses.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 09, 2008

WatchDog gives you comprehensive control over how your computer is used, and how it monitors various activities. The program's bland but straightforward and familiar interface makes it easy to set permissions for users and to assign users to specific groups.

Basically, the program overrides the native Windows Task Manager and gives the Administrator the keys to the car. You can control not only what programs other users can access, but when they use them and even when the computer can turn on. You can shut down the PC after a specified period of time, or allow or block access for any hour or day of the week.

The newly-added URL filter builds on the full array of functions that the app presents. Hard drives, the Start menu and the Control Panel can be hidden from view, and the screenshot and keylogging functions give WatchDog some serious heft.

One drawback is that the Web filter is based on URL keywords and blacklists, so there's a strong possibility that some undesired content could make it through. Given the depth of control the app provides, we'd recommend WatchDog both for parents and for very small businesses.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.3

Version 9.3 allows users to log in when the application is running, monitors URLs and keystrokes, and periodically takes screenshots.

General

Publisher WatchDog
Publisher web site http://www.watchdogpc.com
Release Date February 29, 2008
Date Added February 29, 2008
Version 9.3

Category

Category Security Software
Subcategory Parental Control

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 9.74MB
File Name wdcurrent.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 117,752
Downloads Last Week 2

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $24.99
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