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Is winpatrol any good? i have heard positive reports from other NGs. Can it
be run alongside MS essentials.


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Absolutely!  I have been running it for years.  I would not have a
Windows PC without it installed.

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Yup.  

The best thing about Winpatrol is the real-time alerts.   Alerts that
don't fall under Malware or virus threats (but it catches them too).  It
monitors auto start programs in every possible location, and has a slick
manager to handle them.  

When a new startup item is being introduced, Winpatrol will intercept
and ask you if you want it to autostart.  It comes in real handy when
you're installing software, and the installer did not give you a choice
if you wanted to start it with Windows or not.  

Examples are Java Updater, Google's updaters, Bing/Ask.com Toolbars,
etc...

It also monitors the HOSTS file, critical system files, and certain
registry locations for any changes in real-time (and that's
customizable). It has a built-in HijackThis log generator, you can
control all running services and processes.  Add items to "delayed
start" to get you to your desktop faster @ boot time.  

So, yeah.  I like it.  Bought it too, it does not unlock any super cool
stuff when registered, really just a lookup tool for filenames of the
start-up that are unknown  to you.  The free version does the good
stuff, I just paid the man because it's used so often.




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Same results here and I bought it as well, for the same reasons. Good
stuff, recommended.

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Rich Webb     Norfolk, VA

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Thank-you guys, very quick and very helpful !
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G. Morgan wrote:

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If you get the freeware version, be sure to reduce the polling intervals
down to 1 minute.  Some default to like 5 minutes but you won't remember
then what in a bunch of actions you took might cause a much later alert
to appear from WinPatrol.  The free version doesn't monitor.  It polls
for changes at intervals (1 minute is the minimum).  I still use the
free version but realize that it won't catch the changes as they happen
but sometime later.  See a comparison between the free and paid versions
at http://www.winpatrol.com/compare.html .  The real-time monitoring is
NOT included in the free version.

Previously WinPatrol did NOT monitor all possible startup locations.
For example, I informed the author that WinLogon events weren't covered.
Hopefully that got included as the author back then was appreciative for
the information.  I notice other WinLogon items (shell and userinit) are
included now.  

One of its handy features is you can specify to always block/delete a
startup item.  Some programs, when you run them, will detect that you
deleted their startup item and replace it.  They are rude in forcing
their startup item that you don't want and they have no configuration
option to disable it.  For example, Quicktime keeps wanting to put its
qttask.exe in my startup list, so I use WinPatrol to prevent them from
re-adding this startup item.

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It's alright, if you really need something to use up resources and
babysit you. OTW, It alerts on almost everything you do, until you tell
it what to do about that app/action in the future.
 



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???
I never experienced what you describe.
Are you sure you are talking about WinPatrol ?
http://www.winpatrol.com /

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Fred W. (NL)

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Ditto. I only see an alert when something gets added to one of the many
auto-start/auto-run lists. Also did a full clean rebuild of the box just
a few months ago and don't recall any "alerts on almost everything"
during a learning process. Some of the AV/FW apps, yes, they do squawk a
lot while learning. WinPatrol? Nope.

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Rich Webb     Norfolk, VA

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Dustin wrote:

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I have never seen the behaviour you describe. WinPatrol is very light
on resources, almost non-existent, and very infrequently alerts on
anything.

There is a free version which does almost everything the paid version
provides, but I paid for it because I like it and want Bill, the
developer, to make some bucks.

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Sir_George

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NGs.

I should have elaborated. When I see an infected machine running
winpatrol, I kill it. It gets in the way of trying to do a clean up.

Sorry for not elaborating previously... sheesh.


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