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    Windows OneCare beta

    Any one trying Windows OneCare Live: Now in Beta out?

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    I signed up about an hour ago but the promised e-mail message didn't arrive yet. Hmmm... it's not because I used Firefox, is it? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    I installed Windows OneCare earlier today.

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    and...? How is it?
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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    Hi Ross,
    Nice to see you in for a visit.

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    I just installed the OneCare beta, after carefully making two backups (I love redundancy). The beta requires that you uninstall any existing firewalls and antivirus programs, so I did that will some reluctance. The installation went well. I am somewhat disappointed at the interface, although it's probably exactly what the average user needs -- there aren't many options beyond the default setup. It's currently scanning my machine for viruses, then it will move on to deleting any "unnecessary" files. In this case, unnecessary files are those defined by the Windows Disk Cleanup utility. Since I wanted to keep my MS Office setup files, I unchecked that one -- the beta will wipe out any MSO cache file (acc. to the help file), so if you're using MS Office 2003, be aware of this fact. After all of that, the hard drive will get defragged (yes, I uninstalled Diskeeper 8). I don't yet know how often the a/v will update itself, but there doesn't seem to be a way to manually update the program.
    You can, however, manually control Internet access via the Advanced controls on the Firewall settings tab. Pretty straight forward there... The firewall defaults to automatically allowing or disallowing access based on its rules; it did what I thought it would do. I manually denied DivX (I just don't trust it) and RealPlayer (I trust it even less than DivX), then set it back to automatic. So far, so good. While I miss the control that ZoneAlarm Pro 6 gives me, I can see why MS would want to simplify any two-way firewall they put out -- most people just won't bother to figure out ZoneAlarm, and want to set up and forget about it. More later as I learn more and decide whether to keep OneCare (sounds like a rehab hospital, doesn't it?). All told, it may be worthwhile. I'll certainly have a few of my "beginner" clients try it out -- those who never update anything, and can't be bothered to learn anything about computer security, that is!

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    > The beta requires that you uninstall any existing firewalls and antivirus programs

    That's why I dropped out. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    Well, my experiment was short-lived, at best. It seemed to work well enough, but all of a sudden, my sound died, for no apparent reason. Then Task Man, SpySweeper, OneCare, and Explorer all decided to go south all at once. It was the worst crash I've ever seen an NT system do. Bad one. Reinstalling the Nvidia sound drivers did nothing, so I packed it up and brought the system back to where it was at ten this morning, after limping into Safe Mode to do a chkdsk. All's well now in XP land. OneCare's gone. I guess that's why they're betas, folks... Oh, by the way, the Microsoft Antispyware program is NOT included in OneCare, which seemed rather odd.

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    Re: Windows OneCare beta

    "The beta requires that you uninstall any existing firewalls and antivirus programs"

    This program is for those who DO NOT run any protection and it is MS's fault (my opinion).

    From OneCare web page
    <hr>Windows OneCare is built specifically for people who don't have the time or technical expertise necessary to secure and manage a computer on a daily basis. It is a comprehensive PC health service that goes beyond security to take an integrated approach to help protect and care for your computer.<hr>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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