I’ve been using WinPatrol for several years and have found it very effective in preventing unauthorized changes to my system. It is similar to what Windows Vista offers in UAC. WinPatrol will ask you, the user, if you wish to give permission to any changes that are being made to your system. A new feature in the current WinPatrol software is that it now monitors any changes to Windows Update.

CNET describes WinPatrol as:

Clean up your Taskbar and Startup programs. WinPatrol monitors and exposes adware, keyloggers, spyware, worms, cookies, and other malicious software. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates. WinPatrol’s goal is to help you better understand what programs are running on your computer and to alert you to any new programs added without your permission. Unlike traditional security programs, WinPatrol doesn’t scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. Instead, it uses a heuristic behavioral approach, taking a snapshot of your critical system resources, then alerting you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.

Version 12.2.2007 allows users to change the Windows Automatic Update settings and default browser prefix value.

You can get your free download from here.

Comments welcome.

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