WinPatrol

I was sifting thru some unread email newsletters, and came across WinPatrol (via Steve Bass). Looks pretty cool, and I think should compliment the other major anti-spyware utilities (e.g. Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware SE Personal, MS AntiSpyware).

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

2 thoughts on “WinPatrol”

  1. As a Firefox user, and presumably Thunderbird – do you really find a need for these anti spyware programs? I like almost never use IE… since all the way back to Netscape 1.2!! I did run AdAware before I wrote this to make sure I knew what I was talking about. It found ONE thing, a tracking cookie for _suprise_ IE6. Of course a cookie it’s self won’t do any actual harm.

    I suppose the sites one visits impacts your risk factor. I do some tech support on a personal level – the only computers I ever find with a virus are in homes with teens.

    Do these programs often find much on your system? In some way, aren’t these just something to protect you from yourself?

    DJ

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  2. IMO, it’s good to keep these utilities installed on a system, updated and ready to scan at a moment’s notice. There’s definitely no one all-mighty utility, too, so they cover most of the issues out there.

    It’s not just teens that have problems – it’s anyone unaware of what spyware really is (and how it’s just as bad, if not, worse, than viruses).

    Do these programs often find much on your system?

    Nope. I’d like to think that I’m more meticulous than the average user.

    In some way, aren’t these just something to protect you from yourself?

    Huh?

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