Win Patrol by BillP Studios is a wonderful program. It is also free! You can set it to run automatically when windows starts. It doesn’t use very many resources. Most of the time you won’t even know it is there.
What does it do? The first time it is run it will take a snapshot of your system. Then it runs in the background and will let you know if some program tries to change something on your system. The icon is a little dog named Scotty. He barks to let you know something is wrong. There is also a pop up which tells you what is being changed and what program is doing it. You can allow it or not.
This is a good program to have if you do a lot of web surfing. Or if you download a lot of programs to try. Some websites will try to download programs without asking permission. Some of those programs try to change things on your computer. Scotty can block most of those.
The program also can show you all the active processes on your system. You can click the process name and the program will pop up with information about that process. The program also allows you to shut down a process by clicking a button.
I like being able to find information about programs easily. I also like being able to keep programs from changing my computer. Especially the sneaky ones…If they have to be sneaky they are probably not good. You can download the program here.