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...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources...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.
- Allows viewing and deletion of Cookies.
- Monitors toolbars, registry modifications, changes to file extensions and changes to the HOSTS file.
WinPatrol is split into two components. WinPatrol.exe is the real-time component which monitors for system changes and displays the Scotty icon in the taskbar. WinPatrolEx.exe (WinPatrol Explorer) provides the main tabbed interface which allows you to review all rhe various tabs by double-clicking the Scotty icon in the taskbar.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.Why I prefer using WinPatrol - Case For Using WinPatrolWinPatrol - Get alerts to important changes to your computer