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Chart: Comparing PC care packages

Here is a comparision of the features in Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare and in upcoming products from Symantec and McAfee.

PC care packages side by side

A comparision of the features in Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare and in upcoming products from Symantec and McAfee.

 Windows Live OneCareNorton 360McAfee PC Protection Plus*
AntivirusYesYesYes
Anti-spywareYesYesYes
FirewallYesYesYes
BackupYes, to CDs, DVDs and external hard drivesYes, to CDs, DVDs, external hard drives and an online backup service. Has not provided details on networked drive supportYes, to CDs, DVDs, external hard drives, and networked hard drives. McAfee plans to test an online backup service this summer
PC health and tune upYes, hard-drive defrag. Deletes unnecessary files and checks on security updatesYes, but no feature details available yetYes, hard-drive defrag. Deletes unnecessary files
Antiphishing and spam filteringNoYesYes
ID theft protectionNoYesNo
Safe Web searchingNoNoYes, McAfee has integrated SiteAdvisor
Automatic updatesYesYesYes
SupportOffers e-mail, chat and phone support at no extra costOffers at least e-mail and online chat supportNot known
AvailabilityNow in the U.S., other markets in the coming 12 monthsWorldwide by end of March 2007Worldwide, sometime this summer
Pricing$49.95 for up to three PCs per yearNot yet announcedNot yet announced
Automatic updatesYesYesYes

* McAfee PC Protection Plus is the version of McAfee's "Falcon"-based products that it says competes with OneCare. Two more comprehensive versions will be available, as well as one more basic version.

Source: CNET News.com research