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Winpatrol - Is it additional protection alongside an AV?


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#1 Scoop8

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 07:53 AM

I'm thinking about trying Winpatrol but wanted to see if I have the right understanding about the purpose of the product and its uses.

 

Is it intended as a complimentary layer to use alongside a mainline AV product?  Will it work simultaneously with MBAM Pro/Premium?

 

Reading about the product, it appears to be a monitoring tool that alerts the user to changes in browsers (toolbars) and Registry changes.

 

I see the "plus" paid version adds real-time monitoring.  Does anyone use the Plus version and how does it perform alongside other protection tools, MBAM, AV's?

 

Winpatrol has a "delay startup" option, from what I'm reading about it, where the user can select specific services or programs.  I like that this feature is included in this product.



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Posted 11 September 2014 - 01:08 PM

I use Winpatrol plus alongside MBAM Pro, ESET and EAM with zero issues. It alerts you to changes made which you can then approve or decline. It's also an excellent startup manager. The plus feature gives you access to a database of .exes. I bought plus maybe 7 or 8 years ago to support the development of the app as well as I liked the extras.

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 03:44 PM

Expanding on what Animal has said.

 

WinPatrol is a versatile program (originally created by Bill Pytlovany/BillP Studios and now owned by Ruiware, LLC) that monitors important system areas that are commonly altered by malware. This includes the startup groups (registry and startup folder), cookies and active tasks. WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. WinPatrol utilizes a small memory footprint and offers many features such as:

  • Takes a snapshot of critical system resources and provides alerts if any changes occur.
  • Serves as a Startup Manager which works much better than MSConfig.
  • Tracks programs that have been installed on your system and monitor the location Windows uses to store Uninstall information.
  • Alerts to changes in programs that run at startup.
  • Alerts if another program has removed a Startup program.
  • Has the ability to delay the launch of a Startup program.
  • Detects and alerts to changes in Internet Explorer Home and Search pages.
  • Monitors toolbars, registry modifications, changes to file extensions and changes to the HOSTS file.

WinPatrol PLUS provides high performance, real-time monitoring and access to the PLUS Info database. It requires a one time fee for all future versions (updates) and a single license is valid on all your personal desktops and laptops. See How To Activate WinPatrol PLUS features.

If you highlight an entry, you can click on the Info button to gather additional information such as a file's full path (location). If you are using the Pro version, you click on PLUSInfo... which will take you to its website to see what they have to say about it. You can also do this by highlighting an entry, right-clicking on it and select PLUSInfo from the context menu.

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

In addition to what experts like quietman and animal have already posted, I can offer my humble opinion as a win patrol user (freeware.)

It's extremely lightweight and uses a small amount of system resources. It runs quietly and doesn't alert you in general, unless there is a need. It runs compatibly with other anti-virus and anti-malware programs. I currently have ESET NOD 32 and EAM. All three work fine together. It's a great additional layer of protection. It should run fine with MBAM Pro.

Indeed, a user can adjust the settings of win patrol to tune it to one's preferences/needs. It's a good program in my humble opinion. With that said, you should pay more attention to the advice and feedback from experts like animal and quietman.

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Posted 11 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

Other user opinions add to the discussion and are always welcome.
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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:07 AM

Thanks for all the great info about Winpatrol :).  I think this one will be added soon.



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Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:59 AM

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