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Rating and comments for Winpooch

Average score 2.84 (based on 64 votes)

given by Rain on November 22, 2006

The purpose of this application is admirable, its stability is not, and though one would want an Open Source Anti-Spyware application, this has a way to go before it can compete with such things as Spybot, Ad-Aware, and other high-end commercial applications.

given by Anonymous on January 5, 2007

BSoD galore on 0.6.3! Beware!

given by mxfq on March 24, 2007

It was horrible. I put it on my system and it just crashed.
Don install such thing.

given by Evan on April 11, 2007

The software is definitely unstable, and is also quite resource intensive. It does offer some great features (such as the ability to control service access to the internet and the ability to protect the registry), however the instability of the software overshadows it's functionality. Having said that, I would still recommend that users keep an eye on the Winpooch project, as the software has a great deal of potential.

given by Marvin Bartchlett on June 1, 2007

I have to dido the comments made here. I wish I would have read this before installing. The application's news version (0.66.0) fixed the issue with blue screening the PC, but it's so resource intensive that it brought my PC down to a crawl. Took me almost 30 mins to boot up after installing, thing was SO SLOW with scanning applications that where opening. It gives you the option to accept/refect applications that are opening that it thinks may be infected giving you 30-40 seconds to make the decision before it automatically rejects the app. Unfortunatly, my PC was so sluggish it too me more than that to move the cursor over to select accept.

Eventually got the PC booted up and uninstalled the app. I think part of the problem is the scanner portion/hooks.

given by Anonymous on July 17, 2007

A great program with unfortunate default settings and virtually no docs.

DO NOT just install & reboot!

Disable the virus scanning **immediately** after you install and only put it back on once you've done a full system scan with Clam (or whatever you're using). This will give you a fighting chance of training the access requests without being bombarded by virus hits for every file in your system.

Once you get winpooch trained, it's really a great piece of software. You just need to set aside some time to get over that initial hump.

given by Josh on April 9, 2008

I also found that winpooch is a resource hog, the winpooch logo pops up everytime I boot and the system is unresponsive for about 15 minutes. After that everything seems to be fine, but having to wait 15 minutes everytime I boot is unacceptable.

given by Mordazy on May 24, 2008

Great piece of software, although not without flaws. First of all: default settings just suck, causing all problems mentioned above - unresponsiveness, painfully long booting, unacceptably high resource usage... Watchdog/firewall apps should be paranoid, but Winpooch is WAY too paranoid when started for the first time. Solution for this is imple - either you take some time to adjust its behaviour from scratch, or (easier) look for already tweaked rules file on the net to start with and point Winpooch`s paranoia in the right direction.
Another two things annoying about Winpooch are:
- no DNS support: the program operates on and reports connections to/from IP addresses only, which is sufficient, but awkward for everyday use. It would be nice if the user could see the domain name (if existing) of the IP some program tries to connect to.
- vague antivirus dialog: it pops up saying that some file is infected, but not telling what virus it is and giving choice of "Accept", "Deny" and "Feign", which doesn`t tell much - Accept what? Deleting file? Letting the virus be? I`d rather like to see a button named "Scan this file" (with normal AV scanner).
That said, Winpooch has been protecting my PC for quite a long time, and I`m pleased with its performance. It may be a little rough for the user, but it`s much more than an ordinary firewall, monitoring operations on files in selected directories and protecting the Windows registry from being altered without user`s knowledge. This makes me forgive its (few) flaws easily.

given by Anonymous on May 27, 2008

Does anybody use Winpooch on XP/SP3 ?
For me it's impossible but very good in XP/SP2 : driver not loaded.
Plus : it's a little bit dangerous to modify default configuration rules...

given by Anonymous on August 6, 2008

Winpooch 0.6.6 works perfect for me in Windows XP SP2. Doesn't use much resources. DOES NOT hang the computer even for a second. The antivirus scanning wasn't tried by me but immediately disabled. You guys could have guessed such a feature is stupid from the beginning. For antivirus scanning use antivirus programs! Which winpooch is not. Nor is it antispyware! The main purpose of this program is to control and be able to see, allow or reject any modification/access to registry or files, or even make programs think the modifications have been made. This program when properly used will protect you from malicious programs about which antiviruses don't even know! One flaw I found in this prog is that it allows writing new registry keys (not values!). This doesn't do any harm but filling registry with useless data. Workaround is to clean empty keys with some tool from time to time. It is a pity the author stopped development of this program and indeed it doesn't work in XP SP3 or Vista...

given by anonym on August 29, 2008

not installable on my system (Vista), and

"As of 2008-06-13 13:56, this project is no longer under active development."

on Sourceforge site :\

given by Anonymous on April 24, 2009

project is dead

given by Anonymous on July 10, 2009

Doesn't seem to work on Server 2003, and it's pretty out of date now.

given by Anonymous on August 13, 2009

does NOT work on XP SP3!!!!!! EVERYONE is using XP SP3!!!!!!

given by Anonymous on November 26, 2009

terribly slows

given by p fitzmaurice on April 15, 2010

how do i delete clamwin and winpooch it has rubbish, and my pc is running so slow i can have lunch in between pages.. it will not let me delete

given by Anonymous on September 12, 2010

Project has not been supported for more than two years> Now would be a good time to remove from Osalt site. Looking for open source alternative.

given by aka on February 24, 2016

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