Software Update: WinPatrol

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WinPatrol has just been updated to version This program monitors the system, allowing it to work faster and more stable. It detects and stops spy, ad and malware, virus attacks, malicious Internet Explorer addons and prevents homepage hijacks. In addition, a number of other things are monitored, including the processes running on the PC, the hosts file and the file extensions. In addition to the free version, there is also a paid one Plus variant which provides access to a database containing extensive information about safe and malicious programs and processes. In this release, the code has been cleaned up considerably, making the program a lot smaller and faster. The complete changelog looks like this:

Changes in WinPatrol

  • WinPatrol 9.8 is smaller and faster. We’ve optimized our code and cleaned up portions which have been around since WinPatrol was first released in 1997.
  • We’ve also closed another common backdoor for Spyware by monitoring the registry key commonly known as AppInit_DLLs (O20).
  • WinPatrol PLUS now monitors a number of non-tradition Startup locations found in the registry including:
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad (O21)
      Used by CDBurn, PostBootReminder, SysTray, WebCheck
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\SharedTaskScheduler (O22)
      Examples:Browser preloader:UI Library, Component Categories cache daemon
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks
      Examples:Browser preloader:Shell, Microsoft AntiSpyware Service Hook


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Operating systems Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Website BillP Studios
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License type Freeware
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