WinPatrol is a must have tool for every windows user.It helps keep your system tray free of clutter and warns you when a program insists on loading at system boot-up. The latest version – Winpatrol 2007 has ‘Delayed Start’ – a smart feature that lets you delay launch of nonessential programs for up to an hour after the system boots, so Windows loads faster. That’s ideal timing for applications such as backup programs.
“WinPatrol uses 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 snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You’ll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signiture data files.”
Also new is a right-click function that opens the startup program’s folder in Windows Explorer. Winpatrol costs around 30$, but there’s a free version as well. You can compare the two versions at http://www.winpatrol.com/whyplus.html?index, and then download either one of them according to your liking.
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