Windows Live OneCare

Windows Live OneCare

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 110 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.5.2900.30
File Size:
1.44MB
Date Added:
March 30, 2010
Price:
Free to try (90-day trial ); $49.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
285,377
Downloads Last Week:
25
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Although this program's protective measures are definitely working, some do their jobs a little too passionately.

Superslow to install, Windows Live OneCare's coordinated interface guards your computer against viruses and the like. You'll appreciate the added tune-up features to remove temporary files and installations from ActiveX and Java applets. You can defragment your hard disks, manage updates, and backup or restore your PC. Backups are easily scheduled as well.

The firewall blocks stopped programs from accessing the Web without your permission, which was good, but the virus- and spyware-monitoring feature was exasperating. Windows Live OneCare vehemently gave us notice after notice that a potentially harmful or unwanted program was present, with options to clean it off. We finally just had to turn the monitoring mechanisms off because the window just kept popping up despite our repeated attempts to deem the program trusted. While it does protect your system, the security-conscious users who would benefit from this application will want Windows Live OneCare to let them have the last word.

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  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 110 votes

    • 5 star: 33
    • 4 star: 26
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 9
    • 1 star: 25
  • Current Version:

    2.2

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 1 stars

    "rather have norton than this"

    April 01, 2011   |   By Virus6851

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    firewall excellant

    Cons

    discontinued software 90 day trial bs only 1 day trial

    Summary

    get somthing other than this

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  • 5 stars

    "Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30"

    March 10, 2011   |   By aloneinelcajon

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    I LOVED THE WAY IT WORKED, AND QUICK RESPONSE TO ANY INCOMING VIRUSES, IT POUNCED ON IT LIKE A CAT! WOW!

    Cons

    IT WAS GREAT AS LONG AS IT LASTED FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS! NOW IT SAYS IT'S BEING DISCONTINUED AND I NEED TO DOWNLOAD MSE-2? CRAP! I SAVED MSE-2 TO MY DESKTOP.
    WHY OFFER THIS PROGRAM IF IT'S BEING DISCONTINUED????

    Summary

    NOW, I HAVE TO TAKE THE TIME OUT FROM MY BUSY SCHEDULAE, YET AGAIN! GO INTO COMPUTER AND REMOVE EVERY TRACE OF THIS PROGRAM, THEN DOWNLOAD MSE-2 THAT I SAVED TO MY DESKTOP. WHY OFFER THIS PROGRAM IF IT'S BEING DISCONTINUED????

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  • 1 stars

    "Going back to ZoneAlarm, not a reliable firewall at all"

    July 31, 2010   |   By runninghoove

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    FREE - and there's a reason its free = worthless.

    Cons

    I'm shocked Microsoft is giving away this useless tool, its false hope for those not savvy enough to know a good firewall from one that allows virtually any program free and open access to communicate with any unknown server online like a sieve.

    Summary

    Even after specifically telling it which apps can or cannot communicate or which programs autoupdate or refresh themsleves with popup nag screens, OneCare carelessly forgets all your settings like a person with a bad case of amnesia. Truely a sad commentary of the state of Microsoft's ability to produce anything of value to protect users from the vast ocean of inconspicuous apps that end up being any form of malware, spyware, keylogger, dataminer, identity thief or virus dropper.

    Any good PC firewall should alert you when it detects programs or TSR's trying to gain unauthorized Internet access, especially rouge apps which are listed on every virus scanner's threat list, even Microsoft's own worthless antivirus app, MS Security Essentials. I thought Microsoft was wising up to the fact its core line of Operating Systems are so chock full of security holes that they felt obligated to somehow mitigate recent patches and hotfix releases. How wrong I was. Giving away free products and packaging them as so-called "essential safety-measures" intended to protect their greatest asset, paying customers, in all intents and purposes with OneCare, appears not only like a total farce, but an exercise in futility and false hope once installed.

    If you enjoy tinkering your life away trying to find value in otherwise worthless Microsoft freeware, while rouge apps freely slip in and out of your PC, phone home with your sensitive data to mysterious offshore parties, then you'll love with this facade called Windows Live CareOne, unlike the rest of us, you enjoy toying with risky if not utterly compromised "security tools" that do little to protect your data and make firewalling your system a big fat April Fool's Joke every sing day of the year, not just April 1st.

    Honestly ask yourself, does Microsoft give anything away for absolutely nothing? It didn't become one of the world's most profitable enterprises by giving away software. If its free and made by Microsoft, they decided not to charge anything for a big reason and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out why. The best it could do was allow three rouge apps to freely connect to the Internet to autoupdate themselves and plague my desktop with a new round of offline popups and Viagra ads, only to wipe out my HP Color Laserjet Low Toner Alert, which were built into my networked color laserjet printers to inform me when a certain toner color is getting low. Yep, it stopped that "serious threat" and deleted my printer drivers from the system, preventing them from being reinstalled and preventing me from printing reports for my business clients, how handy. And that's about the extent of OneCare's ability to detect the unauthenticated pass-though of data, allow the bad apps easy access and kill the good ones.

    So much for my foray into finding an even more useful firewall or security suite than ZoneAlarm FREE Edition (available here on CNet) which runs circles around this bloated Microsoft junkware.

    Besides, my time on Earth is better spent being productive and serving humanity than serving Big Brother Microsoft as their Unofficial Beta Tester on freeware that works better in the Recycle Bin, than installed and wreaking havoc on my PC. With OneCare, the joke's on you.

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  • 1 stars

    "This software is no longer supported by Microsoft!"

    June 13, 2010   |   By angel42

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    Was a good program at one time!

    Cons

    Microsoft quit supporting updates for this program! So, its no longer in use!

    Summary

    A discontinued software!

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  • 4 stars

    "always allows some spy ware"

    April 07, 2010   |   By shurtado84

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    dose not clean as well as i would like

    Summary

    had one care for years its okay for the small use i have

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  • 1 stars

    "Suspicious update? offerimg"

    April 02, 2010   |   By GEBERWEIN

    Version: Windows Live OneCare 2.5.2900.30

    Pros

    Nothing pro

    Cons

    Probably bogus due to recent Microsoft communications onthis product

    Summary

    On the same day as this is shown to have been issued Microsoft issued the following (in part) message to subscribers to the Live One Care product.

    "Your subscription to Windows Live? OneCare® will end soon. Microsoft is discontinuing OneCare and as a result will no longer be accepting subscription renewals.

    "We recommend running up-to-date antivirus software on your PC at all times to help keep it secure. In lieu of OneCare,

    "Microsoft is proud to offer a high-quality consumer antimalware solution available at no cost for PCs running genuine Windows®. You can learn more about Microsoft® Security Essentials or download it at www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

    Based upon the e-mail I received, I am very suspicious of this program update.

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