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Rrruff! (video tutorial)

Okay. I admit. That is a weird title for a tech article. Maybe too weird?

Unless, maybe, you know who Scotty is.

Today, an “oldie but a goodie”! It has been a while since I have mentioned one of my favorite little free computer protection apps – WinPatrol.

Clean up your Taskbar, ActiveX, Brower and Startup programs. WinPatrol monitors and exposes adware, keyloggers, spyware, worms, cookies, and other malicious software. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates.

I not only have been using WinPatrol forever, highly recommend it, count it as one of those few apps and programs that is fersher worth the small fee to “go Pro” (aka “paid version”), but I like the author.

You do not need to be “computer savvy” to benefit from having WinPatrol on your PC, but Über Geeks will find plenty to fiddle with (aka “good, advanced, tools”). Improve performance and enhance your online safety. That’s a “win”.

Today I have a video ‘demonstration’ of WinPatrol, made by a fellow blogger.. which will give you an idea of what it does (and why you want it).  Again, you do not have to be as savvy as is shown, or open all those menus — he’s trying to show all that it can do.

Today’s free download: Download WinPatrol (Window XP, Vista, Windows 7 – includes 64 bit support. There’s a “portable” version as well.)

Today’s Bonus: Five things you should know before trying to fix a smartphone or tablet

“Bill Detwiler shares essential advice for everyone who wants to repair a cracked iPad screen or broken smartphone.” watch video..

Today’s quotable quote:The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli… don’t seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials.” ~ John Fischer

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May 25, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, free software, hardware, Internet, iPhone, PC, performance, security, software | , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. This is a “Need to Have” program. Get it. Scotty is a great “watch dog”. Thumbs up, Paul. :)


    Comment by delenn13 | May 25, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I am trying to remember back to when I first started having Scotty onboard.. and I can’t. Seems like he’s always been there.

      In a world where this stuff changes on you by the week, that – by itself – really says something (IMHO).

      And I have never heard a word of complaint from anyone in all those years (and years) (and years)
      (And years).
      (Trying to think of another title I could say that about..)


      Comment by techpaul | May 25, 2012 | Reply

      • I can’t think of a program either.

        Good news and bad news!

        Free combo Match 3 and HOG Western themed game for Saturday..Game Giveaway of the Day – Wild West Story: The Beginnings

        And IOBit strikes again. First, you offer ASC for free and reneg on the sending out the codes. Now, IObit(May 14) Today Announces No More Free Game Boosters in 60 days. You should have just hobbled a few of the options and left a free program(would have made more sense)…… So get it while it is still free, keep a copy of the actual exe and remember NOT to update it when it tries.

        If that fails….Toolwiz Care has something called Game Turbo Boost..Just might have to try it. Just the Booster..Toolwiz GameBoost | Toolwiz Software or the entire ToolWiz Care Program Products | Toolwiz Software


        Comment by delenn13 | May 26, 2012 | Reply

        • Now this really is a crock. Went to download the current version of IOBit’s Game Booster Game Booster Free Download, Speed Up PC for Top Gaming Performance Notice the Current version..3.4.0 amd 4.15 MB’s and just take a gander of their beta…3.5.0 and 11.1 MB’s with this feature..”Fixed bugs in the previous version”. So you get a version with bugs..or get a beta….Granted they have added…
          + Added video recording function when playing 3D games
          + Added screenshot capture function when playing 3D games
          + Added voice recording function when playing games
          + Added more supported languages

          Either way you are bound to have bugs.


          Comment by delenn13 | May 26, 2012 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          Sheeze.. that (giveaway) had completely slipped my mind..
          I must be getting old.

          So I just went and checked my “garbage email” (the address I give out when some shmuck requires an email from me before I can proceed/download/view) and there it was, my Valentines Gift license for Advanced System Care Pro. Unfortunately, that license had to used right away, but thanks for reminding me!

          (So no “renege”)


          Comment by techpaul | May 26, 2012 | Reply

          • Was for me and several others. All my email is/was caught up at the time


            Comment by delenn13 | May 27, 2012 | Reply

            • delenn13,
              Yes.. I seem to remember that..

              And I seem to remember writing myself a note to look into that..

              But that slipped through the cracks. I’m sorry.


              Comment by techpaul | May 27, 2012 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          The advances in the tech, and in the coding, have generally rendered defraggers and optimizers (aka “boosters”) artifacts of the Windows XP era — and obsolete.

          You still want to empty temp files, discard cookies, and protect your privacy and security.. but I don’t install 3rd Party “utility suites” or “boosters”/”managers” anymore .. Don’t need to. (One example, solid-state drives: my advice is to turn off defragmentation altogether.)

          (And I wouldn’t swear to their efficacy even on XP.)


          Comment by techpaul | May 26, 2012 | Reply

  2. Granted they Can do that but I use them more for this …”easily and fast-close background processes and unnecessary Windows services, to speed up your game playing and avoid possible conflicts and incompatibility.” They will also stop any updates/popups or notifications. They put you in a “Game Mode”. Nothing more annoying than being in the middle of a intense fight and a little popup coming up to let you know so and so program wants or has updated.

    One click..programs click..back on.


    Comment by delenn13 | May 27, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      If the game itself does not go into Game Mode, and Full screen mode still allows pop-opens, well, yes! That could be a rather handy, and nice, thing to have.


      Comment by techpaul | May 27, 2012 | Reply

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