I’m often asked to describe the security applications I run on my primary home machine and, I’ll occasionally post an article which does just that. Regular readers will have noticed, that consistent with that old aphorism “the only constant is change”, my choices of security applications over the years have frequently changed. Except for one application – WinPatrol.
WinPatrol makes my indispensible program list every time – as it has for the last 10 years, or more (WinPatrol is now in its 20th version). No other security application, on any of my machines, comes close to that.
WinPatrol’s strong point is – it monitors system areas that malicious programs attack. The free version of this highly regarded application doesn’t stop there though. With WinPatrol in your system tray, you can monitor your system, startup programs, services, cookies, current tasks, and more.
If anything changes, Scotty (the system tray Icon) will alert you. Taking it one step further; WinPatrol allows you to terminate processes and enable, or disable, startup programs.
WinPatrol’s user interface couldn’t be any simpler. New users should have no difficulty following this self explanatory layout.
Selecting options is “click the box” simple.
The following screen shot shows currently running applications on my machine, at the time the window was captured.
The following screen shot shows recent activity. The right click context menu allows the user to perform a number of operations on the selected entry. I’ve illustrated this by selecting “Properties” of the highlighted .dll.
WinPatrol Free – Feature Chart
Additional Features in WinPatrol Plus
System requirements: Window XP, Vista, Win 7 ( including x64 support).
Download WinPatrol Free at: BillP Studios
If you’re currently a WinPatrol user – don’t keep it a secret. Let you friends/relatives/associates know – WinPatrol is a must have application.
BTW, Bill Pytlovany, WinPatrol’s developer, accepts and encourages donations.
WinPatrol Plus lifetime licenses are available as follows:
WinPatrol PLUS $29.95
WinPatrol PLUS Family Pack $49.95
Download WinPatrol Plus at: BillP Studios
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