Take a snapshot of your system settings and alert you to any changes
Pros & Cons:
WinPatrol has been helping to protect computers for more than ten years. With DSA now only available as part of the Privatefirewall package the options for standalone programs of this type have been reduced still further. Maybe then this is the right time to re-visit an old favorite of many users which is still in development and more than capable of providing this extra layer of security.
WinPatrol has many advocates and has recently been upgraded to achieve greater compatibility for Vista and Windows 7 users. Its main objective is to warn you about alterations to your system which may be malware generated. It does this by taking a snapshot of your system settings and alerting you to any changes. WinPatrol operates using a heuristic approach which makes it more likely to find new malware than traditional signature based scanners which are heavily reliant on updates.
WinPatrol will alert you to new program activations as well and is effective across a whole range of malware including worms, trojans, cookies, adware and spyware. Even stuff designed to replicate itself on your system is with WinPatrol's reach. You can also use WinPatrol to filter unwanted cookies and IE add-ons. An added bonus is that WinPatrol will also deal with the problems it finds so you won't need another program to do this for you.
As of V19.0, WinPatrol becomes a "Cloud Edition". Mostly the extra features will only benefit users of the paid Plus version. One part of the WinPatrol Cloud though is a poll where the WinPatrol community of users can provide personal feedback on files that are detected. The poll data will be available to both FREE and PLUS users.
WinPatrol was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on