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Windows Live OneCare 2.0 (Up to 3 Users)

by Microsoft
Windows Vista / XP
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews) 4 answered questions


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Product Features

  • All-in-one security for up to 3 Users from Microsoft protects personal and financial documents from the latest viruses, worms, hackers, spyware, and online identity scams
  • Automate "janitorial tasks," including disk cleaning and defragmentation, to help improve PC performance
  • Easily back up your files to a CD, DVD, external hard drive, locally networked computers, or most USB-connected storage devices
  • Protect your PC from outside security threats while keeping things on the inside running smoothly
  • Works with Microsoft Update to help ensure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest security and critical updates

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows Vista / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000V6YPAY
  • Item model number: C7S-00135
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,125 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Windows Live OneCare is the all-in-one PC security and performance service designed specifically for Windows XP and Windows Vista-based operating systems. It helps keep your PC's internal workings in order and protect it from outside security threats.

Protection for your files and information
Automatically helps protect personal and financial documents, music, photos, whatever you're saving--from the latest viruses, worms, hackers, spyware, and online identity scams.

Performance tune-ups
Automates "janitorial tasks," including disk cleaning and defragmentation, to help improve PC performance.

The all-in-one PC security and performance service designed specifically for Windows XP and Windows Vista-based operating systems.

Data back-up and restore
Makes it easy to back up your files to a CD, DVD, external hard drive, locally networked computers, or most USB-connected storage devices.

Your PC's Best Friend
OneCare helps protect your PC from outside security threats while keeping things on the inside running smoothly. OneCare includes:

  • Antivirus and Antispyware
  • Anti-Phishing
  • Managed Firewall
  • Data Backup and Restore
  • Performance Tune-ups

All-in-One

All-in-one security service

  • Virus and spyware protection helps shield your PC from contamination. Real-time scans identify and clean infected files and help protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
  • Phishing filter in Internet Explorer 7 is activated to help detect and block known sites for online ID scams and theft.
  • Firewall helps keep hackers out and private information in.

Boosts PC performance

  • Tune-ups keep your PC running smoothly.
  • Automatic disk cleanup, defragging, file backup and recovery on your schedule.
  • Scheduled backups to CD, DVD, external hard drive, locally networked computers, or most USB-connected storage devices.
  • Restores specific or all backed-up files.

One subscription

  • Helps protect and maintain one, two, or three computers for one price for one year.

Automatic

Automatic protection

  • Runs continuously behind the scenes while you're using your PC.
  • Helps counteract new virus threats and block new harmful applications.

Automated PC tune-ups and maintenance

  • Helps keep your PC running quickly and efficiently.

Automatic updates

  • New feature and version upgrades included for as long as you keep your service active.
  • Works with Microsoft Update to help ensure that your computer is up-to-date with the latest security and critical updates from Microsoft.

Simple

Task Bar Icon

  • Always shows your PC's health status

    Green means your PC status is Good.

    Yellow means your PC status is Fair.

    Red means your PC is At Risk.

  • One-click resolutions make it easy to take the necessary action to get and stay green.

Helpful

The OneCare Advantage:

  • Unlimited, free Windows Live OneCare phone, email, and chat support.
  • Automatic version and feature upgrades for as long as you keep your subscription active.
  • Continuous technology improvement to combat emerging threats.
  • Each OneCare subscription helps protect and maintain up to three Windows XP or Windows Vista-based PCs for one year.


Customer Reviews

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135 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations, and Those Were High February 22, 2008
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I have been using Microsoft's Live OneCare System for about a year-and-a-half, and I went to the 2.0 version about three months ago. I've got to tell you though, I wasn't too happy about using it at first because of two factors: 1) Microsoft seemed to be linking a lot of things to this "Live" concept, and 2) The program seemed like it was making a lot of promises it couldn't keep. On the first matter, I still have some concerns; on the second matter, it has lived-up to its promises.

After almost a year, Microsoft upgraded my product to 2.0, and then when I added another computer to my LAN, I used one of the three licenses that came with the new version of OneCare to extend my HUB's subscription. And it did so without a problem. You will notice on the picture I uploaded from my individual computer (see customer images), that my subscription will renew in three days.

I don't know about you, but at work I've seen what not keeping-up with your virus protection and firewall protection can do to someone's computer. Mine hasn't been hit, but other's have and we use Norton's and McAfee at work with each computer set for automatic updates. At home, since I have a LAN, too, I wanted to make sure I didn't have similar problems, so for the past three years I tested several products, namely Norton's System Works, Norton's 360, e-Trust (Computer Associates), and OneCare.

Having used Norton's for over 12 years, I have been disappointed that they are doing less with their products, and I really became disenchanted when they didn't offer their firewall protection with System Works. Then, it seemed I couldn't find System Works, and I had to use 360, which was a mere shadow of System Works. It grated me that I had to buy one product, then buy their Internet Security, too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer security and backups are now background tasks. November 22, 2008
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First encountered Microsoft's Windows OneCare in 2005 as a Beta project that I participated in. Wouldn't have gotten involved except that I had found Symantec's Norton AntiVirus to have become a real resource hog, and the products from McAfee weren't any better, despite their claims. I had been a loyal user of Norton AntiVirus since those days that Peter Norton was still running his innovative company, one that pioneered anti-virus applications as we know them... but that was then, and this was now.

I dropped the Norton products after a series of problems that were well-documented in the 'computer geek' community, and began to install Grisoft's AVG Free anti-virus on some of my systems. About a year later Microsoft released it's Beta test of Windows OneCare, and that seemed to be a product with few bugs and a lot of promise. When the Beta test was over, however, I standardized my computers with AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition, and that continued until late last spring when I saw an associate's installation of Windows Live OneCare 2.0 and listened to his reasons as to why why he had switched from Symantec's products.

Initially I downloaded the trial version from Microsoft to test it out, but within two weeks had become convinced that this was not only a competitively priced product (other products have only recently caught up), but it's resource footprint was small. It didn't seem to interfere with normal operations or offer obnoxious reminders of how my computer was being protected.

Windows Live OneCare runs quietly in the background, doing its job well and quite unobtrusively.
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90 of 108 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad December 26, 2007
By Bryan
Pros:
Easy to install- Very good about prompting users to scan and update- In the year of free beta and the year of a paid subscription, my PC has stayed Virus free. Seems to be integrated nicely with windows and less annoying than Norton. All in all, this has been a great experience.

Cons:
Canceling your subscription cannot be done online. You must call 866-663-2273 during normal business hours and cancel by phone.
This program is not compatible with an 64 bit Windows XP operating systems. Networking is an exercise in patience.
Nothing is straight forward when it comes to advanced problem solving and the program will nag the heck out of you if you work offline for days at a time.
Your subscription is tied to a passport ID. This became annoying a year after I made it trying to remember it.
Lastly...$50 is a lot of money per year. They really need to cut that price in half.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive, seamless, and accessible protection. March 12, 2008
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The Microsoft branding certainly seems to be a polarizing influence when it comes to a product like this. I saw one review slam it for the annual fee that the product (and all of those in the same quality and functional range) charges. Another because it slowed her system to a crawl (you likely have bigger hardware problems than this can address). Derek had a hysterical review touching on not just where this product falls short, but also on a theory of evil itself. I'm not discrediting or discounting these perspectives at all -- I think the different experiences of a wide range of people is what makes consumer reviews worthwhile, but I do wonder if the vitriol would have been the same had this been someone else's product. In the end, I don't suppose it matters.

OneCare 2.0's best point, in my estimation, is that it is seamlessly integrated into either Windows Vista, or Windows XP (I use it on both). I had been a McAfee and then a Norton user for well over a decade, and it always felt like a bit of a systemic power struggle between them and Windows. I don't fault either product for that reality, but the bottom line is that I wanted something that would work well, but do so without me having to spend much time thinking about it. I wanted something that would be more or less transparent. OneCare can be certainly that.

I used the original OneCare on a couple of my systems back when it was in beta, and 2.0 is clearly a product that has evolved and been polished over time. A single registration allows coverage of three machines (three installs) at a time, and you can set one as a hub and monitor the status of the other two through that.
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