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Re: [News] [Rival] Another Microsoft Product is Officially Dead: Equipt

amicus_curious wrote:

"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.

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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.

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