Bill Pytlovany has just released (today) the first updated version of his terrific WinPatrol software to include new major features. These new features have been introduced to thwart common methods utilized by malware, such as Stuxnet and Flame, to hide and disable security programs, and are specifically designed to prevent malicious software from sitting undetected in your system waiting to release their full payload:
*Start Program Removal Detection
All WinPatrol users can benefit from the often requested option of Start program removal. WinPatrol was the first program to let users know if a new auto startup programs had been added. Now WinPatrol will also let you know if another program has removed one of your Startup programs. One of the common behaviors of malware is to reduce the possibility of being detected by Anti-Virus or security software. It’s common for new malware to remove programs from your auto Startup list. (Applies to both Free and Plus).
The new WinPatrol v25 will track programs that have been installed on your system and will monitor the location Windows uses to store Uninstall information. This location includes the path to the Uninstall command which is often used by malware to remove a program silently. WinPatrol will let you know the names of any programs which are removed. This feature is available to PLUS only users and is optional. Legitimate alerts may occur during software updates or when you choose to remove software. (Applies to Plus only).
This major new WinPatrol version also includes improved integration for 64-bit systems as well as several important bug fixes. You can view full details of all new features, enhancements and bug fixes HERE.
If you are an existing WinPatrol user, either Free or Plus, we strongly advise you upgrade to the new version 25 as soon as possible. If WinPatrol is not currently part of your security setup, we respectfully suggest you take a close look at this latest version and seriously consider adding WinPatrol to your arsenal.