New, updates and fixes are included in the latest version of WinPatrol. The two new features are a direct result of malware like Stuxnet, Flame as well the FakeHDD family of rogues which hide and disable security programs.
Before getting to the new features, here is a quick look at the updates/fixes in this release of WinPatrol 2012.
New Features in WinPatrol 2012
- Updates/Fixes in WinPatrol 2012
- Delayed Start-up Programs -- Bugs related to the Delayed Start feature, particularly on 64-bit operating systems have been fixed so that programs aren’t lost when moving a program from Delayed to its original status and parameter is properly returned.
- Windows XP Kill Task -- The Kill Task feature has been problematic on Windows XP systems for some time. Bill learned that Microsoft changed the value of one of the parameter masks used in a function called OpenProcess. Successful tests by Windows XP users verifies that the feature is again working as expected.
- Company Name, Details and Correct Path -- The bug for properly displaying the company name of installed programs on Windows 64-bit computers has been resolved.
- Misc Fixes -- The bug that removed WinPatrol as a Start-up program has been fixed.
The Uninstall Detection feature is available only to Win Patrol PLUS users. The Start Program Removed Detection is available to all users. Both features are optional. Legitimate alerts may occur during software updates or when you choose to remove software.
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.
Start Program Removed 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 start-up programs had been added. Now WinPatrol will also let you know if another program has removed one of your Start-up 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 start-up list.
A Sample of the Uninstall Detection is available in my blog post at WinPatrol 2012, v25 Released! ~ Security Garden
See Bill's writeup at Bits from Bill: WinPatrol v25 Learns Lessons from Stuxnet
Download WinPatrol v25