Author Bill Pytlovany has updated WinPatrol again and his company BillP Studios has released the new version WinPatrol v25 (actually, a quick fix, too, so the current version is v25.0.2012.5).
This is another must-have program. WinPatrol already had some mighty fine features. He’s added some snazzy new stuff, too.
As of WinPatrol v25, the program now includes uninstall detection, in which WinPatrol monitors the locations that Windows uses to store uninstall information — and warns you when a program is uninstalled. Since one of the tricks that malware uses is to uninstall good programs, especially antivirus programs, this can provide a helpful warning.
Another new feature is that WinPatrol v25 will tell you when a program has been removed from the list of programs that Windows automatically starts when Windows starts. WinPatrol has long warned when programs were added to the list — now it tells you when they’re removed.
One of my favorite features of WinPatrol is the Delayed Startup Programs list. WinPatrol will allow you to move a program from the list of programs that automatically get started as Windows is booting, into a list of programs to be started automatically later. The default is 30 seconds later.
I prefer to set most of the delayed programs to 3 minutes or later after Windows starts, and some as long as 45 minutes later.
The real key on some of these programs (like an Adobe Updater and any type of scheduler program) is that they ought to run occasionally — but there’s no reason at all that they should be allowed to slow down your computer’s startup by running automatically at startup.
Unfortunately, there are a few programs that insist on running automatically at startup and will set themselves up again for automatic startup. An example of this inappropriate action is Sun’s Java Update Scheduler) — it should run, but I can think of no reason why it should be allowed to slow up Windows startup process (by starting automatically as part of the Windows startup process) every time I reboot my computer.
You can get WinPatrol at http://www.WinPatrol.com — WinPatrol is free. The paid version WinPatrol Plus provides some additional features and, equally important, supports the individual author that makes this superb program available. I have licensed WinPatrol Plus for all my family’s Windows computers.
I do not get any commission or other compensation if you purchase WinPatrol Plus. Simply, I believe the program is a valuable addition to everyone’s computers. If you don’t run WinPatrol Plus, you should at least run the free version of WinPatrol.