The End of an Era.. But Not the End of WinPatrol

Since I became involved with IT back in 1994 I’ve came to love WinPatrol.. one handy little security tool that I simply have came to depend on.. Does it’s job and does it very well with little load on a system it can show you and help you fix or resolve so many problems it’s amazing.

And for all that time it’s been developed and managed by one man Bill Pytlovany.. And he’s simply one of tecks great guys. Never has he let his program become the avenue for serving up tool bars and adware/malware as so many small independent developers. And I can assure you he could have made a small fortune putting things like the ‘ask toolbar’ as an add in.. but he’s never done it and swore he never would.

But sadly all things come to an end even a labor of love like Bill had with WinPatrol. And he’s sold is baby… but luckily for us who love and understand just how rare WinPatrol has been in the IT world for staying true to it’s mission Bill found someone else who seems to share his vision….  Bret Lowry… 

In his statement published with the announcement his words reassured me that Bill picked the right guy…


My commitment to WinPatrol customers is as follows:

One, your lifetime PLUS licenses are just that, lifetime licenses. That was the easiest topic in our negotiation and is written into the contract.

Two, WinPatrol will not have toolbars or other “add-ins” added to it or its installer. Installers that do that drive me crazy because I’m the guy people call to “fix” their computer after the installer completes its hijacking. I am not going to do that to my customers.

Three, I will be responsible for answering support questions, even more incentive to play nicely and stand-by item two above. And

Four, I use WinPatrol myself and therefore am committed to the continued improvement of WinPatrol. I am honored to have earned Bill’s trust and confidence in his allowing me to purchase WinPatrol. Bill has run WinPatrol with integrity since its inception, as a founder of Ruiware (along with my wife), I promise we will carry on that tradition.” ~ Bret Lowry.


So with those words those of us who love WinPatrol have hope for the future that the passing of the guard will leave in place all we’ve came to love about this program. 

With that in mind I would suggest you check out WinPatrol if you haven’t already. You won’t be disappointed in what does as a program and supporting it will continue to keep at least one program free from the leaches that attach themselves to far to much software today. 

PS.. I”m not alone in my assessment of this transition as Fran Parker’s (Fran’s Computer Service) shows in her great post… 



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