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Offline dee_can

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General WinPatrol user question
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:56:00 PM »
Since cleaning up my computer and adding the recommended security programs (Superantispyware, SpywareBlaster, MSE, Secunia, and WinPatrol) (I already had Malwarebytes), I find the only program I'm unsure about using to its' full potential (or just about any potential)  :grin: is WinPatrol.

It's obviously a very fine and intricate program, but I'm wondering if WinPatrol is for the more computer-savvy person who knows about the inner workings of computers. For instance, since installing WinPatrol, Scotty has given me 5 or 6 alerts; BUT, I don't know what the alerts are really about. A message pops up (I wish I had 'snipped' the messages so I could post them), and I remember the first one said something about a file extension had changed, and do I want to keep the change. Honestly, I had no idea. And another said some (inner-most-Windows-something-or-other file) was going to be changing, and do I want to do it? Again, I don't know if I want to or not. I had a few more alerts where I really didn't feel I had the knowledge to answer 'yes' or 'no'; so each time I just closed the window and let Scotty decide for me.  :wink:

I looked through the options and where it shows 'Recent' (activities), it shows programs I can remove (pertaining to recent malware attacks), and I can see the programs I wouldn't want to remove for sure, but there are programs that I'm unsure of. I could go on, but basically, I wonder if I have enough computer knowledge to use the program. I'm going to give it a chance, and try to learn more about it. And I hope I don't sound whiney, but I'm really wondering if WinPatrol is a program for the really advanced user, or do you think anyone can use it? Thanks... D.

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Re: General WinPatrol user question
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2012, 12:14:21 AM »
Hi, Dianne.

At this point, you probably won't want to do anything with "Recent".  Let's start with a couple features --

One of the best features of WinPatrol is that Scotty alerts you when changes are made to your computer.  It is one thing when you are installing security updates or a new program that you downloaded.  However, it is quite another if Scotty pops up out of the blue asking if the change that "Security Blah Blah" is making is ok when you know you didn't install "Security Blah Blah".

Another favorite use of WinPatrol is either removing stubborn programs from Start up or moving them to Delayed Start.  For example, Adobe Reader Speed Launcher is in your start up list.  You could move it to Delayed Start

Since you use IE, here's another feature that you should be aware of:  Prevent Internet Explorer Browser Hijacks


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Re: General WinPatrol user question
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 09:17:07 AM »
Thanks for your help, Corrine. I'll follow your tips. It's a definite learning curve for me, but I'll stick with it. I'm sure it will help me learn more about my computer.

I think I see a program or two that I can delay start. I don't see Adobe Reader Speed Launcher, though.

If I get an alert that I'm completely unsure of, I'll ask here.

Thanks again, Dianne

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Re: General WinPatrol user question
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 02:10:16 PM »
You're welcome, Dianne.


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