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Download of the Day: WinPatrol 18.0.2010.0

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By Steve Dougherty from May 28, 2010 @ 5:45 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is WinPatrol 18.0.2010.0.


WinPatrol alerts you to hijackings, malware attacks and critical changes made to your computer without your permission. As a multipurpose support utility, WinPatrol replaces multiple system utilities with its enhanced functionality.


WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshots of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that occur without your knowledge.


You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signature data files.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 18.0.2010.0


# Custom Registry Monitoring and Lock Down :


The newest version of confirms that WinPatrol is a must have addition to any traditional AntiVirus program. WinPatrol continues its tradition of being a first. The new custom Registry Lock feature could be a application all by itself but instead it will be integrated into the robust real-time monitoring of WinPatrol PLUS.
The most common threat to Windows based security has been the modification of secret and not-so-secret registry entries used by the operating system and most applications. Over the years malware authors have found ways to take control of a users system by tweaking various registry entries. Only experts with knowledge of programs like regedit.exe have stood a chance at protecting their systems.
Traditional security programs have played a cat and mouse game to keep up with newly discovered registry tweaks. Now with WinPatrol 2010 v18's, newly discovered tweaks can be added immediately to WinPatrol's real-time monitoring. Registry values can be manually added or included in a batch script file created by experts and other 3rd party developers.
Running completely in the background WinPatrol PLUS will monitor for changes and lock down specific registry entries so they can't be changed.
WinPatrol already locks down AutoRun entries, FileType associations and a host of other system configurations. Now, users can pick and choose registry entries they decide should never change.
Not sure how the registry works? Online experts will create custom scripts to protect those configuration locations important to you.


# Protection from ActiveX errors : WinPatrol lets you know when new ActiveX components are installed on your system. WinPatrol version 18 now includes this feature as bonus to PLUS members to protect novice users from accidently disabling critical ActiveX controls.


# PLUS Code Security : Due to the large number of illegal keygen and pirate sites I've had to increase the verification of your name and PLUS codes. This may cause an occasional error with PLUS members using valid codes. This step is required to make sure our PLUS members can always access our website.


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