created in response to an increase of password sniffers which can now be
embedded in E-Mail, text documents and even on Web pages. It's just
too easy for hackers to violate our personal space and damage your data.
A little healthy paranoia of the internet and WinPatrol quickly grew into
a multi-function system monitor for the personal computer. The secret to
keeping your computer clean and healthy is Scotty the Windows Watch
Dog from BillP Studios.
If you want to
know what program are running on your computer and where they came from WinPatrol
is for you.
Did we mention it was FREE?
is the property of BillP Studios but is provided for your use as-is, free
of charge. Distribution is restricted and WinPatrol should not be uploaded
or FTP'd to other sites or distributed via CD-Rom without permission from
BillP Studios. You're welcome to tell your friends or include a link to this
page on your web page.
The greatest feature
of WinPatrol is to routinely review the programs which are installed to
automatically start when you first turn on your machine, or restart Windows.
This is essential to detect nasty software called worms, or programs which
will steal your password and pass them on. It's also great for general computer
maintenance and could shorten your boot time
The first time you run WinPatrol Scotty will review a list of these special
Startup programs. References to these program can be found in the Windows
Registry, the WIN.INI file, or your Windows Startup Group.
If at some time
a new program is added Scotty will warn you of the change. You'll then see
the name of the new program and decide if this program is ok, or if it's
suspicious. WinPatrol will provide the properties of any program which is
added if available to help you decide. If you choose to, just Remove
it. The actual program will not be deleted from your hard drive. The reference
will however be removed so this program is no longer automatically
The Active Task
list will display all the programs which are currently running on your computer
system. This is mostly an informational display but will allow you to see
if any programs you're not aware of are currently running without permission.
It's hard to tell just from a file name so the Properties button will show
you additional information on who created the file. The Full Report button
will create a full dump of the current tasks and all the information
available on each task.
Scotty the Windows
Watch Dog loves cookies but he knows some people don't. It's hard to completely
turn off cookie support in your browser because so many pages depend on them.
WinPatrol will show you what cookies have been downloaded and allow you to
review their contents. This allows you to see where it came from and what
data is being stored on you. If you don't like it, just press Remove and
Scotty will eat the cookie and remove it from your computer. In some cases
you might even want to keep a cookie.
Sometimes such as in the case of
www.weather.com you're able to create a
personalized interface to a site. The information about your preferences
is stored as a cookie. You can check this cookie as one you'd like to keep
while allowing Winpatrol to remove all others from your system.
Netscape users will notice only one cookie file is created. Netscape
keeps all it's cookies in one file. Internet Explorer users will see
a separate file for each cookie.
The Domain Info
feature provides contact and address information on the owner of internet
sites based on their Domain Name. Experienced internet users know this
as a WhoIs function. Scotty often uses this feature to
find out who owns a site which is spamming his junk mail. Scotty does not
like Spam. If you find a site address you're not sure off, or invited
to visit a suspicious site, use Domain Info to find out who the owner
Under most conditions
Scotty is asleep while you're doing your daily work. He wakes up every so
many minutes based on your settings.
an important concern so you won't find WinPatrol slowing down your computer.
Warnings of new programs and cookies will come when Scotty wakes up and sniffs
them out. The
Options page will allow you to select your performance based on your own
computer performance and personal needs.
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Published Copyright Date 11/19/97