What does the winpatrol.exe file do?
The winpatrol.exe process is also known as WinPatrol System Monitor or, as the case may be, WinPatrol Background Change Monitor and is a part of WinPatrol Monitor or, as the case may be, C3400 Series GDI Driver from. This software is produced by BillP Studios (www.winpatrol.com) or, as the case may be, Ruiware. An obsolete or defective version of winpatrol.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WinPatrol System Monitor has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WinPatrol System Monitor has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- winpatrol.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module winpatrol.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about winpatrol.exe WinPatrol System Monitor
winpatrol.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Winpatrol.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 325,512 bytes (9% of all these files), 456,768 bytes as well as 32 other variants.
The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. This winpatrol program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). The winpatrol file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. Winpatrol.exe is capable of monitor other applications. For this reason, 46% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves winpatrol.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about winpatrol?
|gives alarm if spy/adware is installed |
|Hopes monitor system. |
|Great security file--gives up-to-date info on file |
|good system utility |
|Sensitive to changes, timely notification with details, free protection but at unspecified cost to user |
Summary: 17 users judge winpatrol.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall WinPatrol Monitor or C3400 Series GDI Driver from
To remove WinPatrol System Monitor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for WinPatrol Monitor or C3400 Series GDI Driver from in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if winpatrol.exe (WinPatrol System Monitor) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of WinPatrol System Monitor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WinPatrol System Monitor or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or winpatrol.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.