Alert you to new startup programs or any changes that may occur without your knowledge


Our rating: 

License: Free (Limited features)
Review & Alternatives: Best Free Startup Manager

Pros & Cons:

The power of multiple programs without the bloat of a security suite.
Real-time monitoring is limited to commercial version.

Our Review:

WinPatrol is one of the best free options for a startup manager.

WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to new startup programs or any changes that may occur without your knowledge.

WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detect attacks and violations of your computing environment. It continues to be one of the most powerful system monitors while staying a single small program.

As a robust Security Monitor, WinPatrol will alert you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission.

As a Multi Purpose Support Utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.

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Have been an ardent user of WinPatrol for decades. However, the program is still available online, but has not had any updates or support since 2018. Still a useful tool for controlling startup and monitoring your system, but not sure how effective it will continue to be going forward with newer malware and OS changes. There is a performance hit as well, but varies with newer systems.