One of the problems with test programs is that programs like Ad-Watch, WinPatrol,etc... are frequently smart enough to know it's only a test.
It's kinda like the Star Trek episode where Data tried to prove the Nanobots were alive but they knew enough to beat the test.
Wow, now I really sound like a geek. :tease:
In this case, Scotty knows it's just a test program.
The Real-time Detection in WinPatrol does differentiate and will not warn you immediately if a test program that you allowed to run makes the change.
If we hooked into every registry change the system would crawl.
The methodology behind WinPatrol PLUS (R.I.D) is based on particular events which occur when programs try to execute or infiltrate your system. Manually editing the registry or changing program options may not trigger a R.I.D. alert but infiltrations by 3rd party programs will. This way you'll enjoy optimal performance during your normal computing tasks but Scotty will still wake up when significant changes have been made.
In our testing we hired a third party to infect their system based on well known infections.
The results are at http://www.winpatrol.com/rid.html
It's a shame that Consumer Reports and others are using test programs like Spycar. Of course we may have done really bad except because WinPatrol doesn't advertise it doesn't seem to make it into the main stream magazine conparisons anyway.