Were always demoing and testing out new software. One product we never even looked at before was Windows Live One Care. This product has been on the market for a while now but we never even thought of using it or testing it out. Normally we read magazines and other online statements to get leads for what is popular and then review the software.

Well our hand was forced to review this product because a customer wanted to know if the product was any good. All Qwest MSN Dsl members get this product for free and with so many of our customers out there using Qwest dial up we took it for a spin. We bogged down a computer with some of the nastiest stuff we could find like Virtumonde and the like. All in all Windows One Care was able to remove almost all traces. The traces it could not remove were quarenteened and caused no further issues.

Keep in mind that these viruses would not of gotten through in the first place if the program was already installed. We did the install after the fact because many people wait to be infected before getting protection.

Windows One Care consists of an Anti-spyware client, an anti-virus client, firewall, backup tool and tuneup tool as well as a program that checks for the latest Windows updates. All in all this program is very easy to use.

Some things we did not like about this was the time it took to scan the drives. The total scan took around 2 hours. This is about double the time for most scanners. However the fact that it caught most items made up for this. After all it’s quality we are after. The program it self takes up about the same as most internet security suits but less then Norton and Trend Micro.

The backup features are rather basic but you can schedule a backup to run whenever you want with ease. Without even setting up the tuneup tool the computer schedules it every other month or so. The tune-up is nothing advanced. The system does a defrag and cleans junk files off the system. The update tool does little good for most because you should already have auto update on.

For the 50 or so bucks this program retails for I like it better then Trend Micro, Norton and Mcaffe. I would place this program right under the PC Tools Spyware Doctor internet security suit program. I really am a big fan of Spyware Doctor and that has not changed for years now.

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