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Windows Live OneCare features


Last updated: February 2008

The latest version of Windows Live OneCare aims to better help you manage multiple PCs.

New features such as wireless network security and management, printer sharing, and centralized backup make maintain simple and easy from a central location.

As always, Windows Live OneCare takes the guesswork out of making sure your PC stays virus-free and working at its best. As a subscriber, you'll see why this simple and automated, always evolving, all-in-one service adds up to the best value for PC performance and security needs.

All-in-One ServiceFeature DescriptionBenefits
Protection Plus
Real-time integrated antivirus and antispyware protectionAutomatically scans and cleans attachments, downloads, and other files on your PC, including ones you receive via MSN Messenger or Windows Live Messenger.

Includes an option to scan existing files or folders on your PC instantly by right-clicking them.

Checks the files on your PC for viruses and other malicious or unwanted programs and blocks access to infected files until you decide what to do with them.

Updates your virus definition files automatically when your computer is connected to the Internet.

Antispyware protects against spyware programs that secretly monitor your activities.
Helps keep your PC safe from viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware by updating automatically to protect against new threats.

Warns against pop-ups that negatively impact your PC security and performance.
Managed, two-way firewallIncludes ongoing policy updates to its blocked and allow list, requiring minimum intervention on your part.Helps protect your PC from hackers when you send or receive data over the Internet.
Anti-phishing integrationIntegration of Microsoft Phishing Filter in Windows Internet Explorer 7.Helps protect your personal information while surfing or shopping on the Web.
Help and SupportOneCare offers e-mail, Instant Help, chat, and phone support.One-click access to effective help whenever you need it.
Microsoft Update integrationOneCare, upon installation, sets Microsoft Updates to automatically download and install high priority updates. Any other Microsoft Updates delivery and installation setting must be manually enabled by the user, and will result in an at risk status.Helps ensure that important and recommended Microsoft updates of Microsoft products for Windows XP or Windows Vista PCs, such as improved security and reliability, are installed efficiently and in a timely manner.
Performance Plus
Performance Tune-upsScheduled to run automatically or as often as you like, OneCare automatically tunes up your PC every six hours by finding, diagnosing, and fixing common issues, in many cases before you know there is a problem.

Maintains important settings at recommended levels, correcting broken hardware and software configuration

Automates a series of tasks, including defragmenting your PC's hard disk and fixing common problems that might affect the security, performance or reliability of your computer.

Improves and maintains your PC’s performance.

Checks your computer for common problems that affect the security, performance or reliability of your computer and automatically fixes them.

Examples include issues with your printer settings, network configurations, optimizing your internet browsing settings, ensuring that you have a pop-up blocker, etc.

We are continuously working to expand the list of problems that we scan for and fix.
Start-time OptimizerHelps improve performance by constantly checking your computer's startup applications to determine the ones that are used infrequently, or not at all.Makes it easy to disable these applications and get your PC running at top speed more quickly.
Removal of unnecessary filesScans your PC and removes temporary and other unnecessary files that slow down your computer. Scheduled to run automatically or as often as you like.Helps keep your PC running at peak performance.
Backup and Restore
Automated backupBacks up your files to CD, DVD, external hard drive, networked drive, or other data-storage device and allows you to select files you want to back up by specific categories, such as music, pictures, and video.

It also allows you to perform Centralized Backup, by using a single storage device for all computers in a subscription and Online Photo Backup, to a central Windows Live OneCare server.

Scheduled to run automatically or as often as you like.
Helps protect your important data from loss or corruption as a result of accidental deletion, malicious attacks, or hard-disk failure.
Choice of full or incremental backupFull backup makes a copy of all your important files and folders. Incremental backup backs up only those files that are new or have changed since your last backup.Saves you time and gives you greater flexibility when backing up your files.
Restoration of missing files or all filesOption to restore specific files or all files missing from your PC, or mapped to a new PC.Protects important files and documents, on all the PCs (up to three) that are part of your OneCare Circle.




Simple and AutomatedFeature DescriptionBenefits
PC Maintenance and Management
Proactive Fixes and Recommendations for multiple PCsOneCare routinely monitors your PC to identify potential issues and proactively fixes these before you experience problems.Customized to each computer covered by a single subscription (up to three PCs).

Issues such as inappropriate security settings and broken startup entires are resolved automatically.

Most fixes occur before you are aware there might be a problem.
Automatic Microsoft Update integration - updates and upgradesOneCare, upon installation, sets Microsoft Updates to automatically download and install high priority updates. Any other Microsoft Updates delivery and installation setting must be manually enabled by the user, and will result in an at risk status.Helps ensure that important and recommended Microsoft updates of Microsoft products for Windows XP or Windows Vista PCs, such as improved security and reliability, are installed efficiently and in a timely manner.
Health Meter (green, yellow, red system tray icon)The three-colored system tray icon is a constant reminder of your OneCare status:

Green – Status is Good, system is monitored to prevent threats from viruses and spyware

Yellow – Status is Fair, which usually means you should schedule or run a backup or tune-up

Red - Status is At Risk, OneCare is unable to monitor threats or make fixes
Always aware of the status of the PCs in your OneCare Circle

Check Health Meter to see when you need to run backup or tune-up

Instant notification of any PC, or multi-PC, health-related issues
Scheduled multi-PC Centralized Data BackupOnly service to offer centralized backup, allowing you to centrally configure and monitor backups for all PCs in your OneCare Circle.Enables you to backup data from all of your protected computers to a central location.

Local backup on a home or small business network is now a simple step instead of a time consuming hassle.




EvolvingFeature DescriptionBenefits
Adapting to fit your PC needs
Automatic version and feature upgrades for all current subscriptionsActive subscribers automatically receive upgrades to new versions of OneCare, with periodic updates to features as well.Automatic version and feature upgrades help keep your computer at peak performance, and save you time.
Printer and Device sharing supportAutomatically provides proactive printer sharing guidance to all PCs in the OneCare Circle.

Print from any PC to a supported USB printer that is attached to any other PC in the same circle.
Simplifies print jobs by making it easy for all computers in your OneCare Circle to use the same printer.
Network configuration support (on supported North American wireless routers)If you install Windows Live OneCare on more than one PC, OneCare will consider all PCs to be part of your OneCare Circle.

Within your OneCare Circle, you have the ability to monitor and manage all PCs from one location
Multi-PC monitoring refers to the ability to monitor the Windows Live OneCare health status of remote PCs from one centralized place.

Multi-PC management refers to the ability to take OneCare actions on remote PCs from one centralized place.

You’ll also be able to backup files from all PCs in the circle to a centralized backup device (like an external hard drive) and print from a Printer shared by multiple PCs.




ValueFeature DescriptionBenefits
One subscription, one price
Support on up to three PCs with a single subscriptionProvides a complete set of services to help keep your computers safe

Continuously manage and maintain your home or small business PC environment.
Service goes beyond security and maintenance for a single PC, providing centralized management and backup, performance tuning, anti-phishing, and more.

As you use your PC to do more – surf the Internet, listen to music, communicate with family and friends, create digital memories – OneCare helps prevent system clutter and performance decline.
90-day free trialKeep your PC trouble-free for 90 days – at no cost.Before subscribing, use this trial opportunity to put the OneCare service to work and keep your computer running safely at top speed.
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