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News del 26 Gennaio 14 Autore: Gianplugged
WinPatrol 30.0.2014
Winpatrol è un programma che controlla le variazioni apportate al sistema dai programmi installati.

Il proliferare di utility dannose e pericolose lo rende un programma di grande aiuto. Inoltre offre la possibilità di tracciare i programmi in avvio automatico, i cookies creati e i tasks attivi.

Le schede Advanced e Active Tasks consentono, invece, di visualizzare, rispettivamente, i server in esecuzione e i programmi residenti al momento in memoria.

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WinPatrol 2014 Preview

The computer industry is changing. After 16 years, it´s time for WinPatrol to make some dramatic change both inside and out. WinPatrol 2014 will be introducing a new user interface that looks as modern as Windows 8 but will continue to work just as easy on Windows XP. In our first 2014 release you´ll see a preview of some of our new graphics but the best is yet to come.
Best Performance Yet
While the time has come to improve the look of WinPatrol it was still more important to optimize portions of the WinPatrol real-time monitor. It´s clear that many older machines are still providing a service even if they have a single core CPU and minimal memory. Our first version of WinPatrol 2014 isn´t a beta edition. It´s being released now to take advantage of many new enhancements but it´s still a "Preview" of what´s to come. Many common system checks that we previously read from the Windows registry are now stored in WinPatrol´s local memory and updated only if needed. This not only saves CPU cycles but it also saves our disc access. Other programs may rely on third-party software libraries but we still maintain complete control over every instruction executed by WinPatrol to detect changes. Users with programs like Process Explorer will see the improvement immediately.

The WinPatrol report and Hijack report have also been updated to be more useful. Since internally Windows 7 and Windows 8 are still considered Windows version 6 we´ve made sure to do the proper conversion letting reports accurately provide version numbers for both Windows and Internet explorer.

New Cookie Support
Unlike many programs WinPatrol has never relied on 3rd party program libraries for popular features. The code in the two main WinPatrol components uses the "C" programming language and has been written at a Windows API level by WinPatrol´s developer, Bill Pytlovany. One exception is a DLL called SQLite3.dll which is used to access files which are part of the SQLite database. Both Firefox and Chrome use the open source, public domain SQLite database to store their cookies. The only way for WinPatrol to access these cookies is to use the SQLite code. In December a new version of SQLite3.dll was released and has been included with WinPatrol 2014.
The new version of SQLite should fix some cookie bugs which have been reported. We also plan on adding support for Chrome and Firefox plug-in´s so having the new verion is also great incentive. If you look at the files we list under the Hidden tab you´ll notice files starting with etilqs_. These are typically temporary files that are used by a program which uses the SQLite database.
Windows Update Handling
WinPatrol notifications include information on the removal of any programs which are currently on the list of auto running files and control panel entries for installed programs. We´ve found that during normal Microsoft Windows updates these entries are replaced and are expected changes that won´t need notifications. As with previous notifications WinPatrol wants you to know when a change occurs but not overwhelm you with messages.

Restore Position and Size
WinPatrol is one of the few programs that use a tabbed interface but allow you to resize your window. Over the years based on user feedback we do provide a maximum and minimize button. In the past our maximize setting was not always saved from one session to another. This new version fixes that problem and other issues related to changes in multi-monitor configurations.

Other changes to WinPatrol 2014 are minor but very important. In our last version a typo was introduced in the text displayed by the Scotty system tray icon. Instead of letting you know Scotty was ready to pounce our typo said he was ready to bounce. While Scottie´s can certainly bounce I was pleased that so many of you reported this error. It´s a very embarrassing but I´m glad to know that folks are reading our messages. It helped us review many of our text messages to make sure they would be useful.

Delayed Start
One of the new favorite features, Delayed Start has been updated to handle some unique filename and parameter combinations which did not work as we expected. We´ve also optimized our background monitor while waiting for programs yet to be launched. The ""-express"" parameter is used when WinPatrol first launches so we can provide the quickest start time possible. We still believe computers should turn on as quickly as TV´s. While computer are starting quicker it´s sad to see our new TV´s seem to be taking longer.

Coming to a WinPatrol near you.

International Date Time Format
I expect some of our interface enhancements will affect our non-English versions until we find all the quirks. I hope to make it up by providing dates and times so they conform with regional formats. While proud of being made in the U.S. our friends around the world have always been supportive and deserve a globally friendly WinPatrol.

Help Files and Videos
Improving our help files and documentation will be a priority so new users understand how and why WinPatrol works. Our software was the first of its kind and is still unique in its operation. Folks who discover WinPatrol often ask about conflicts with their favorite Anti-Virus software. I´m always happy to let everyone know that Scotty works and plays well with others.

Tooltip functionality is high on the list for 2014. Like other programs putting your mouse over an action item will explain its purpose using standard Windows tips.

Scheduled Tasks
Coming up this year will be additional support for Scheduled Tasks 2.0 which has so much potential which isn’t used. The new Scheduled Task has a variety of behaviors that are controlled by a wide range of triggers or events. WinPatrol was the first program to alert users to newly installed tasks. Programs could be scheduled to run with a simple .job text file added to the right folder. There was no security to prevent tasks from being added. I didn’t rush to add support Scheduled Task 2.0 because it requires a high level of access. Unfortunately, I’ve found users are agreeing to programs that allow Conduit browser hijacks as new scheduled task.

WinPatrol Insiders
Time management has been challenging without a full-time staff. I will soon be announcing the WinPatrol Associate Program for longtime fans and WinPatrol insiders. T he goal of this program is to assist development through crowd source type funding and offers of time and experience. Depending on the level, WinPatrol Associates will receive promotion of their own personal projects, recognition of their support, have access to create PLUS codes, access to statistics and have a say in the direction we take.

While this is our 2014 priority list as of January we´re anxious to hear from our friends, new and old. Send your thoughts to If you´re reporting errors screen captures are welcome.
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