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MS Windows Live OneCare 2.0

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      19.07.2009 02:38
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      Poor protection

      Purchased from Comet for 29.99 - Having installed this at Christmas on my laptop it has produced a mix bag of results. Whilst on the outside it does suggest that it is protecting your computer from the latest viruses, i've experienced a range of minor problems including being unable to access the login screen and having several errors including win32. My laptop does however seem to be fine at present and according to Microsoft OneCare i'm protected and have the latest editions to software. A couple of things do get slightly annoying how many times OneCare requests you create a backup disc and puts you at an amber status even though its fully updated.
      To summarise I don't have complete faith in this product as according to the weekly and monthly reports from OneCare my system is fine and in good shape, but having experienced problems, OneCare fails to identify them and never seems to report anything.

      At the time of writing this review my confidence in this product was low to moderate. But having received a series of viruses its now shot to pieces! The Status however said my PC was protected and in a good state. But the reality was I had 179 viruses which made my PC run that slow it took nearly 30-mins to an hour to login in the windows desktop!

      Seriously my advice is dont bother with this software, get yourself AVG, Zone alarm or Avast anti virus security protection for free off the net.

      It was bad enough how long it took to download the updates for OneCare but to find out that it doesn't work really took the biscuit.


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        08.07.2009 20:15
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        There is such thing as too much security, apparently.

        I can't give this 1 star, because it certainly does protect. Annoyingly so! It wants to block nearly every (safe) program you open on you computer. This can cause trouble if you accidently click 'block' when you didn't mean to. You have to trudge through the software to unblock the program once again. I know it sounds silly, accidently blocking it in the first place. But these dialogue boxes pop up SO often, it is unavoidable.

        Its firewall has blocked the internet from working at all in most situations. Therefore causing panic at a Holiday Inn as we desperately needed to access the internet, and taking a great deal of time before we realized that it was Windows Live One Care that was blocking our internet. If you have to turn the firewall off, which I need to do most of the time, you are then losing that line of protection. There needs to be a scaled back level of security on the firewall, so there is still protection, but not so much so as to block everything!

        One last thing, when this expired on my computer and it wanted me to buy a subscription, it was ridiculously expensive (usually retailing for around £39.99)! There are less annoying packages available for much less, if not free.


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      • Product Details

        Windows Live OneCare 2.0 is designed to make it easier to secure and maintain multiple PCs on a network so that households and small businesses alike can manage their PCs from a single control panel.

        Technical Data

        Product Description: Windows Live OneCare ( v. 2.0 ) - subscription package
        Category: Security applications
        Subcategory: Security - security suite
        Version: 2.0
        Licence Type: Subscription package
        Licence Validation Period: 1 year
        Licence Qty: 3 PCs
        Licence Pricing: Standard
        Language(s): English
        Localisation: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States, Ireland
        Platform: Windows
        Distribution Media: CD-ROM
        Package Type: Retail