WinPatrol has a ten-year history of monitoring unique system settings providing zero-day protection against spyware, unwanted system tray icons and reoccurring startup programs. PC World magazine recently honored WinPatrol including it on their list of "100 Best Products of 2007."
"There are some system settings that Windows users want to control themselves," according to WinPatrol creator Bill Pytlovany. "WinPatrol has always monitored preferences like home page, or file type associations and now we're going to make sure your auto update settings aren't hijacked." Recent news stories have noted that changes to the Windows update settings have been occurring without the users' knowledge or permission. The newest WinPatrol addresses this threat and prevents changes.
- Detect changes are made to your Automatic Update settings.
The main reason for the feature is still to fight changes by malicious programs but it will also let you know if anyone like Microsoft makes changes without your knowledge.
- Detect changes to your default browser prefix
If you don’t include http:// when you type in an address, Windows automatically adds it. If a malware program includes their address in this location, you'll always go to their site, not matter what you type in.
- Properly detect registry settings which don't meet Windows guidelines.
- Online PLUS activation added to support affiliate partnerships
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