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Windows Live OneCare news and reviews

Stay current on the latest Windows Live OneCare news and announcements from Microsoft and independent sources worldwide.

Press releases from Microsoft

  • Microsoft Offers All-in-One PC Care for Consumers With Windows Live OneCare
    May 30, 2021 Like a "pit crew" for consumer PCs, OneCare service is now available in the U.S. at Best Buy and over a dozen other leading national retailers.
  • Windows Live OneCare Achieves ICSA Labs and West Coast Labs Certification
    May 25, 2021 Windows Live OneCare has been certified by ICSA Labs as an effective solution to combat viruses and other forms of malicious code as well as providing a quality firewall service. In addition, OneCare has achieved West Coast Labs’ Checkmark certification, meeting the lab’s criteria for protection against viruses and Trojans.
  • Microsoft Announces Pricing and Licensing Details for Windows OneCare Live
    February 7, 2021 Promotional price offered to early testers of all-in-one PC care service slated for June 2006 release.
  • Microsoft to Deliver Automated, All-in-One PC Health Service for Consumers
    May 13, 2021 Windows OneCare will span system performance, PC maintenance, data protection and security in easy-to-manage service.

Awards and certifications

Windows Live OneCare has received the following industry certifications. Read the full press release.

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OneCare news

  • Chicago Sun-Times: Windows Live OneCare Might Shut Up Tech Columnist
    September 7, 2020 "[Windows Live OneCare] offers a wonderful 'shut up, protect my PC, and don't bother me unless you need to' approach to protection and maintenance."
  • Bloomberg News: Microsoft's Antivirus Software Wins Sales
    August 16, 2020 "'Microsoft really came out swinging with their pricing.'"
  • TechWhack: Microsoft Live OneCare Is Now the Second Most Popular Security Product in the U.S. Market
    August 16, 2020 "'The list price of $50 was revolutionary. That slashed [the current] pricing in half for a security suite.'"
  • Security Pro News: Windows Live OneCare Grabs Second Place (Already!)
    August 16, 2020 "In June, OneCare accounted for an astounding 15 percent of the market, amazing for a brand new product. Clearly, OneCare has a decent chance of winning this thing very quickly, gobbling up market share every month from the established players."
  • TechWeb: Microsoft OneCare Snaps Up Second Place in Security Sales
    August 15, 2020 "Microsoft parlayed the low price of its OneCare security suite into a 15 percent share of the consumer retail market during its first month on store shelves, enough to place second on the sales chart."
  • Geek.com: Windows Live OneCare Doing Well Across America
    August 15, 2020 "Windows Live OneCare accounted for 15.4% of security suite sales in the retail sector, putting it in the Number 2 position in the charts after being available for just a couple of months."
  • InternetNews.com: Microsoft OneCare Jumps Out to a Big Start
    August 14, 2020 "Microsoft has entered the personal security market in the way it knows best: with aggressive pricing."
  • CNET: Microsoft's Antivirus Package Makes a Splash
    August 11, 2020 "'I think many in the industry were surprised with how well Windows Live OneCare did in its first month on the market.'"
  • PC Magazine: Microsoft Releases Windows Live OneCare
    May 31, 2021 "OneCare aims to secure a Windows XP system without getting on the user's nerves. The service updates itself automatically, tunes the system and scans for viruses automatically—even suggests files for backup.'"
  • IT Wire: Microsoft Brings On Armageddon for Security Vendors
    May 31, 2021 "Not only does the new competitively priced [Windows Live OneCare] package compete head-to-head with the established security vendors, providing virtually identical functionality on the anti-malware and firewall fronts, it integrates automated PC tuneups, backups and provides free phone and online customer support."
  • CNET Reviews: Windows Live OneCare
    May 30, 2021 "If you run a home business or want your home desktop to receive 24/7 technical support, Windows Live OneCare may be the personal IT department option for you."
  • Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Live OneCare Review
    March 31, 2021 "With OneCare, Microsoft has looked past standard anti-malware functionality and come up with a more complete PC health solution. Highly recommended."
  • ZDNet blogs: Ed Bott's Microsoft Report: A OneCare Success Story
    March 20, 2021 "I’ve been using OneCare for the past few months on my notebook, which until last week was my main working system. Thanks to a midweek disk crash, I had a chance to test its backup and restore capabilities under all-too-real-world circumstances. OneCare passed with flying colors. It took less than two minutes to restore my saved e-mail from the backup I made just before I left for a week’s worth of meetings in Scottsdale and Redmond."
  • Top Tech News review: Microsoft OneCare Live Beta 2
    February 22, 2021 "Windows OneCare Live is ideal for less-experienced computer users who do not want to be bothered with computer-security issues. It also is a good choice for those with multiple computers because the annual fee of $49.95 (come June) includes installing the software on up to three computers."
  • PCMag.com: OneCare: Security as a Service?
    February 8, 2021 "OneCare aims to help average users protect and maintain their PCs with antivirus, antispyware and firewall protection, backup for essential files, and automatic performance tuning."
  • Vnunet.com: Microsoft Set for June OneCare Security Launch
    February 8, 2021 "Microsoft is set to launch its OneCare security suite in the US this June, providing antivirus, anti-spyware, back-up software and system maintenance and performance tools. OneCare also offers a two-way firewall that will filter incoming and outgoing traffic. The Windows XP SP2 firewall only filters incoming traffic."
  • USA Today: Microsoft to Unveil Paid Security Service
    February 7, 2021 "OneCare, which is already available for free in test form, aims to protect people running the most recent version of Windows against Internet attacks and intrusive spyware. It also promises to provide regular tuneups to help keep computers running smoothly, and offers users a way to back up and restore data."
  • WinInfo: Microsoft Announces Windows OneCare Live Pricing, Schedule
    February 7, 2021 "Microsoft will include free phone, email, and online chat-based support with every OneCare Live subscription. Microsoft tested all three support formats during the beta period and found that testers enjoyed all of the formats. Speaking of testers, those who beta-tested OneCare Live will be able to purchase the final product for $19.95 during the first year if they purchase a subscription during April 2006."
  • Security Pro News: Windows OneCare Live Is On Its Way
    February 7, 2021 "Discussions on Microsoft's security product have been ongoing for some time. The discussion will really kick in as Microsoft let it be known the Windows OneCare Live is coming out shortly. The new product is expected to challenge Symantec and McAfee for dominance."
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Microsoft's Security Service: Will People Buy It?
    February 7, 2021 "How many people will be interested in a security service from Microsoft? The company will soon see. Microsoft this morning announced plans to release its Windows OneCare Live security service in June for an annual subscription fee of $49.95. The service includes firewall, anti-virus program, anti-spyware, PC tuneups, backups and support. It has been in beta testing since November."
  • Playfuls.com: Microsoft OneCare Ready to Roll Out in June 2006
    February 7, 2021 "Hundreds of thousands of people have tested Windows OneCare Live since the beta was launched in November 2005, and Microsoft has continually added features—such as backup for external hard drives — based on their feedback."
  • Top Tech News: Microsoft Readies Windows OneCare Live
    February 7, 2021 "OneCare, which is already available for free in test form, aims to protect people running the most recent version of Windows against Internet attacks and intrusive spyware. It also promises to provide regular tune-ups to help keep computers running smoothly, and offers users a way to back up and restore data."
  • CNET: Microsoft Security Service to Ship in June
    February 7, 2021 "As previously reported, Windows OneCare Live's June debut marks Microsoft's long-anticipated entry into the consumer antivirus market. That space has long been the domain of specialized vendors, led by Symantec and McAfee. Microsoft announced its intent to offer antivirus products in June 2003 when it bought Romanian antivirus software developer GeCad Software."
  • CNET News.com: Microsoft's Security Product Hits Home Stretch
    February 6, 2021 "With OneCare, Microsoft is targeting consumers, especially those who do not run security or have let their current product expire. It believes 70 percent of consumers fall into that category."