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What's the consensus on Windows Live OneCare?

by djr1904 / April 9, 2006 1:27 PM PDT

The trial period is coming to an end, and it's time to either move on or pony up the $20 to continue using it. I've read a number of posts about it, but most of those were related to specific issues or technical problems. I'm looking for the broad overview of people's opinions about Live OneCare.

Previously, I cobbled together a few free products to meet my needs: Sygate Personal Firewall (to which support has been discontinued), antivirus software from an old company I worked for, and Ad Aware and Spybot for spyware. I really like the idea of consolidating these services into one central product. I've had few issues with it, but I got extremely quick response and detailed assistance when I emailed in for help.

Right now I'm leaning toward paying the $20 for the first year just to further evaluate, then re-examining the issue in a year. But I'm curious to hear what others think. Is it worth it? Is it effective? If not, what are the best alternatives?

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OneCare $20 per year on two or more computers
by Donna Buenaventura / April 10, 2006 12:22 AM PDT

The above is what one of OneCare user said at:
He find it cool.

"The Windows Live OneCarecomputer care subscription service costs $49.95 per year (MSRP) for up to three computers.
To thank our valuable beta users, we're offering a promotional subscription price of $19.95 for the first year of service for up to three computers. Beta users must subscribe between April 1 and April 30, 2006 to be eligible for this offer."

See what other has said at:

At http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=127076 one user of OneCare recommends it.

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No sale.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 10, 2006 12:45 AM PDT

I'll take a lesson from the past with Microsoft's former antivirus. The first thing the virus writers did was to check if it got by Microsoft's tools.

There's another issue here is that it's not a do or die product for the company. If it doesn't work out, they'll end of life it and move on. The current antivirus and firewall companies don't have this luxury.

-> Most damning of them all is that Microsoft has installed exclusions for it's own interests as witnessed by the CLARIA issue.

Sorry, no sale.


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No Red M but I Agree With Bob! As has Been Shown in the Past
by tobeach / April 10, 2006 4:19 PM PDT

MS's bank balances are of more concern to them than your online security/privacy/safety.
Even with all the hullabaloo about their NEXT generation IE being the be all & end all in safe browsing(said same about XP SP2), todays (Apr.10th) Vulnerabilities items include one for "All versions up to & including" their SAFEST, New IE7 Beta 2(in testing). Yes it's beta and that's why they do beta testing BUT the point is the same flaw that was in the earlier versions also.."after changes upon changes, it is more or less the same" (w/apologies to Simon & Garfunkle).JMHO. Happy

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