"Conventional" AV from Symantec, McAfee, etc, comes preloaded
on a new PC and runs a pop up nagware after the initial free
period that tries to scare a user into an annual renewal. MS
didn't have that kind of opportunity with their pure SaaS
approach with Live Care and have apparently decided to turn AV
into the next Netscape Navigator kind of "comes with Windows"
deal. Bad news for the AV product companies, I think.
Windows Live OneCare 2
Manufacturer: Microsoft Inc.
#15 of 17 Internet Security Suites products
Our Editor's Review
Windows Live OneCare is the internet security suite developed by
Windows and has been since updated and expanded into a second
version. It is run on the Windows XP and Vista platforms along
with Windows Defender to protect against viruses, spyware,
phishing and other forms of fraud. However, while Windows Live
OneCare offers very comprehensive scanning and cleaning
operations, it lacks the firewall considerations like ICSA
certification, registry protection, file protection, data
filtering, VB 100% certification and W.C.L levels 1 and/or 2
certification. This means that you are scanning and cleaning
viruses and spyware, which should be blocked in the first place.
Another drawback is the lack of filtering and safeguarding that
is given, meaning that website filtering, password protection,
email scanning, website history logs and privacy controls must be
accounted for by another program, or left to chance. Windows Live
OneCare does block most adware, phishing and spyware, but others
forms of phishing like keylogging, which allows phishers to
obtain information through recording user keystrokes, are not
protected by this internet security suite.
The availability of Windows products makes troubleshooting and
other assistance issues relatively easy. However, since Windows
Live OneCare is run simultaneously with Windows Defender on one
of two different platforms, it can be difficult to pinpoint
errors or to seek specific assistance. [...]
While the services Windows Live OneCare offer would protect the
average PC user from most viral and spyware threats, it lacks
many of the features that are common in other internet security
suite providers. Windows Live OneCare is hindered most of all by
its lack of firewall depth. Also, many of the problems that have
been associated with recent Windows platforms like Vista are
common in Windows Live OneCare.
Overall, while Windows Live OneCare is coordinated by and
compatible with other Windows products, it lacks the depth of
preventative security that many other products have.
Quando omni flunkus moritati
(If all else fails, play dead)
- "Red" Green