WinPatrol 9.7

New Protections! Less Frustration!

As always thanks to the support of our WinPatrol PLUS users we have continued to work on new improved features for our free WinPatrol.  PLUS members now enjoy access to our online knowledgebase, new startup protections and our new ground breaking Real-time Infiltration Detection.
Press Release - August 9th, 2005

    Minor Updates (August 31th)
  • Corrected Initialization error forcing new users to verify every program.
  • Corrected garbage appearing in new program alert dialog for program name.
  • Initialize new Startup entries monitored when first activating PLUS membership.

New Startup Programs
Don't be surprised when you see new titles listed as Startup Programs!
WinPatrol has expanded the number of locations monitored as auto-run setup programs. The Spyware and Adware villains have found some of those undocumented locations in Windows and Scotty will now check them as well. WinPatrol will reset them back to the default Windows settings.
For the techies out there new locations included are:

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Shell= Explorer.exe
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Userinit.exe

    New PLUS Startup Locations Monitored
    WinPatrol has also expanded auto-startup locations internal to windows and more likely to be modified by experienced WinPatrol users. WinPatrol PLUS is required for this extended support.
    WinPatrol monitors and can remove programs added to these locations if you're really sure they are dangerous.

  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad
    Examples of OK programs include CDBurn, PostBootReminder, SysTray, WebCheck
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SharedTaskScheduler
    Examples of OK programs include Browser preloader:UI Library, Component Categories cache daemon
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ShellExecuteHooks
    Examples of OK programs include Browser preloader:Shell, Microsoft AntiSpyware Service Hook

    100% Detections of the Top Spyware Threats
    WinPatrol 9.7 has been tested against the top Spyware threats and Scotty got a score of 100. WinPatrol PLUS with R.I.D. has been further optimized to provide quick real-time detection of spyware threats and infiltrations on a Microsoft Windows based PC.

    See R.I.D. Results for complete details.

    Less Frustration for repeating threats
    Many threats come in pairs so that as soon as you remove one program another one just recreates it. The results have been repeated warnings by Scotty over and over again. WinPatrol now recognizes repeat offenders and offers alternate solutions to help users remove the stubborn infiltrations.

    Buffer Overflow Security Added
    WinPatrol 9.7 now uses newly developed Windows text functions provided by Microsoft to protect developers from security threats caused by hackers taking advantage of possible buffer overflow flaws.

    Additional International Help Support
    BillP Studios has always been devoted to doing what we can to support users in other countries who would like to use their native language. Our volunteers have been great as localizing WinPatrol text. We can now support any language including new help files as they become available.

    Tested with Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1
    Scotty is very happy running on the new Vista OS from Microsoft.

    Bug Fixes and minor enhancements
    • Fixed text placement in File Type alert
    • Fixed File Type monitoring error when using Explorer to modify some file types.
    • Improved R.I.D. compatibility with other registry intensive programs.
    • Additional PLUS Info files added to the local knowledgebase for free users

      Minor Updates (August 23th)
    • Fixed Autorun option for WinPatrol monitor on Options tab.
    • Fixed another reason for crashes while reading history file.
      Minor Updates (August 16th)
    • Fixed a compatibility bug which caused some people to crash.
    • Thank you for all who helped send their trace logs.
      Minor Updates (August 13th)
    • Corrected error monitoring sysfiles between Admin and Limited Accounts
    • Fixed bug creating WinPatrol Appdata folder.
    • Returned to original setup/install program.
      Minor Updates (August 11th)
    • Corrected title for WinLogon in Startup Programs, previously listed as WinLogin.
    • Fixed bug reading some history files.

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  • Upgrading from previous WinPatrol PLUS version?
      Exit your current WinPatrol before running the new wpsetup.exe!
      We recommend you install this new version in the same folder you're currently using and preserve your settings. Depending on your current version, WinPatrol will automatically detect that you're a PLUS member. If you do need your registration number just Email and include the name you used to register.

    Prior Release Notes

  • Explanation of Version / Build Number
    • (1) Major Version Number
        This number indicates a major new release with new features and interface changes. Upgrading is recommended
    • (.2) Minor Version Number
        This number indicates some features and bug fixes. Upgrading is recommended
    • (.3) Revision number
        Indicates some changes to fix bugs and minor enhancements as requested. Upgrade recommended if specific error is addressed.
    • (.4) Build number
        Usually indicates a change was made to address errors reported by a unique configuration and only affects a small number of users. Upgrade recommended if specific documented bugs are found.

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