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WatchDog for Windows

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Key Details of WatchDog

  • Monitor and control the time other users spend on your computer.
  • Last updated on February 29, 2024
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

Using active surveillance applications may interfere with your system's Antivirus and/or Security protection. Download.com cannot guarantee the security of surveillance software because of their nature.

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

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.

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.

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
February 29, 2008
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Version
9.3
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
118,107
Downloads Last Week
2

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Developer's Description

Monitor and control the time other users spend on your computer.
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.