WinPatrol

WinPatrol 28.5

Free
WinPatrol is intended to detect malware that starts along with the system
4.5  (110 votes)
2.7
35.5.2017 (See all)

WinPatrol is intended to detect malware that is usually started along with the system. It allows monitoring Startup programs to find infections. Moreover, it lets you perform changes to your system configuration so that it takes less time to boot. The program can be set to automatically start with the System and display alerts when any change occurs in the Startup list.

The program has a user-friendly interface. Multiple tabs allow you to access the multiple functions available. However, it is a pity that some of the tabs do not really work in the free version and require you to buy WinPatrol instead. It would have been much better if these tabs do not appear in this version at all.

You can access the list of startup programs, which allows you to view information about one of these applications, add new entries, or, on the contrary, disable or delete existing ones. An interesting feature is that it can detect programs from the so-called “secret startup locations”. Similarly, you can also delay the execution of some startup programs to speed up the startup process. You can also monitor the tasks scheduled by Windows Task Scheduler and remove unneeded ones. Moreover, you can view the list of services installed on your computer. Other tabs grant you access to other types of lists, including cookies, file types, hidden files and recent programs. Finally, WinPatrol can keep track of when a program was executed for the first time.

In general, WinPatrol provides information about your system that can be effectively used to control malware attacks. However, this could become totally useless when the user lacks the knowledge necessary to analyze these data intelligently.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • It is easy to use.
  • It can provide a list of programs included in secret startup locations.
  • It provides information that can be used to detect malware.
  • It allows delaying the execution of some startup applications

Cons

  • Some tabs are only available in the paid version.
  • It requires expertise on the part of the user
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