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WatchDog

By WatchDog Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 9, 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.

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

Release November 9, 2008
Date Added February 29, 2008
Version 9.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 118,094
Downloads Last Week 12
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Developer's Description

WatchDog is the ultimate application for restricting and monitoring the time you or others spend on the computer. Its many security measures completely block unauthorized access. It can restrict the time of day a user may log in and what applications can be run. It also monitors URLs and keystrokes, and periodically takes screenshots. WatchDog has direct Windows-policy integration to enable many advanced security features on a per-user basis.