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Microsoft Windows Live OneCare Fact Sheet
Windows Live OneCare is a comprehensive, automatic and self-updating PC care service that continually manages vital computer tasks so consumers can have greater peace of mind about protecting and maintaining their PCs and can spend their time on things they enjoy.

December 2007

The dynamic nature of technology can sometimes make the protection and management of PCs a challenge. The majority of consumers and small businesses today are using PCs without basic protection technologies such as anti-virus and anti-spyware software, or if they have these protections they are not keeping them up to date. Many are also not performing basic maintenance and performance-enhancing tasks, such as disk defragmentation, or are risking the loss of documents or photos because they are not backing up those important files.

Consumers and small businesses today require a simple yet comprehensive solution to help keep their PCs healthy. To help meet this need, Microsoft Corp. introduced Windows Live OneCare in 2006 to provide a comprehensive, automatic and self-updating PC care service so consumers can have greater peace of mind about protecting and maintaining their PCs.

Microsoft recently unveiled new features to help consumers better manage their home environment. Microsoft internal research has shown that most homes now have at least two computers. This means that in addition to managing PC security and maintenance, consumers most likely now need to do the extra work associated with connecting devices and securing networks. To further redefine and extend the concept of PC care, Microsoft added features to Windows Live OneCare such as multi-PC and home-network management, as well as printer sharing, to help address the modern home environment. In addition, this new version establishes a foundation to better address the needs of small businesses that must protect and maintain a number of PCs but may not have the resources for extensive on-site IT support. To help solve this problem, Microsoft added centralized data backup to OneCare, so local backup on a small-business network is a simple step instead of a time-consuming hassle.

The enhancements made to Windows Live OneCare are designed around four key areas:

Home Network Management

Protection Plus

Performance Plus

Backup and Restore

Home Network Management

OneCare provides features designed to simplify the management and use of multi-PC environments. Such features include the following:

New. Multi-PC and home network management. This helps ease the management of multiple-PC environments by providing a single intuitive user interface for monitoring the security and maintenance of networked computers. It also enables one-click actions to resolve issues among computers within a home PC network.

New. Printer-sharing support. This makes it easy to connect printers to local networks so all computers covered by the OneCare subscription and connected to the same local network can share printers.

Protection Plus

Protection Plus in Windows Live OneCare means anti-virus and anti-spyware protection, a managed two-way firewall, and automatic updates to help ensure that consumers have the latest definitions to help protect their computers from hackers, viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other unwanted software. Protection Plus includes the following features:

Integrated anti-virus and anti-spyware protection. Windows Live OneCare integrates anti-virus and anti-spyware technology for an improved experience for consumers, making the technology more accessible by combining the two filters into one comprehensive safeguard. In real time, Windows Live OneCare anti-virus scans or monitors the files on a subscriber’s computer and looks for virus definitions (patterns in the code that resemble those of known viruses) or identifies files that are behaving like viruses. If an infected file is found, Windows Live OneCare automatically cleans it to help prevent harm to the consumer’s computer. Windows Live OneCare also scans files received via Windows Live Messenger and enables consumers to scan files or folders on demand with a simple right-click on those files or folders.

Managed, two-way firewall. One-way firewalls aim to keep hackers from breaking into a computer; however, they can be ineffective against viruses or stealth programs, such as zombies or spyware, that run unnoticed in the background and send information from a consumer’s computer to the Internet. Windows Live OneCare addresses the challenge of delivering two-way protection in a highly usable way. It features a managed, two-way firewall with ongoing policy updates to help protect PCs from hackers when sending or receiving data.

Microsoft Update integration. During installation, Microsoft automatically enrolls customers in the Microsoft Update service and set their preferences to receive and install important updates to Windows and to other Microsoft products. By helping its subscribers stay up to date, Microsoft helps ensure that they will receive important security updates efficiently and on time.

Automatic OneCare updates and upgrades. Continuous updates deliver and implement ongoing virus definitions, firewall policies, anti-spyware rules, performance-tuning routines and commonly backed-up file types. The subscription experience helps ensure that enhancements are automatically and continuously delivered so consumers do not need to worry about updating manually. In addition, with an active Windows Live OneCare subscription, customers are automatically upgraded to the next version of the service with new features as soon as it is available.

Windows Live OneCare advisories. When significant new worms, viruses or other security threats are identified, Windows Live OneCare advisories can be sent to consumers’ PCs to let them know the status of their protection so they can take appropriate action if any is needed. Only when absolutely necessary will Windows Live OneCare prompt consumers for their action on a task.

Performance Plus

Performance Plus in Windows Live OneCare delivers PC tune-ups to help maintain computer performance and reliability, and eases management in a multiple-PC environment. Performance Plus includes these features:

New. Proactive fixes and recommendations. Performance Plus looks at the specific configuration of the user’s system and makes proactive fixes and recommendations to improve the computing experience.

New. Start-time optimizer. Performance Plus speeds PC boot time by allowing the subscriber to remove rarely used applications from the start-up menu. This helps to address one of the noticeable areas of concern for PC users.

New. Monthly reports. The Monthly Report provides a summary of key actions that OneCare has performed in the last month, as well as activities and recommended actions for all PCs in a local network.

Automated maintenance tasks. Performance Plus automates important janitorial tasks such as disk cleanup and disk defragmentation to help keep PCs running at peak performance.

Virus scanning. Performance Plus runs a complete virus and spyware scan to check the entire computer for malicious programs. If any infected files are found, Windows Live OneCare automatically takes steps to help prevent harm to consumers’ computers by blocking access to the file until they decide what to do with it.

Backup and Restore

Security intrusions are not the only cause of data loss. Accidental deletion and disk failure also pose a threat to digital photos, music, financial data, software and other important electronic assets created as part of the digital lifestyle. Windows Live OneCare makes it easy for consumers and small businesses to back up files to CD, DVD, locally networked computers, external hard drives and most USB-enabled storage devices.

New. Centralized backup enables users to centrally configure and monitor backups for all PCs covered under the same Windows Live OneCare subscription, with the data from all PCs backed up to a central location.

New. Online photo backup feature keeps precious photos safe from theft or accidental loss by backing them up to an offsite location (available at an extra cost).

Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Beta System Requirements

Windows XP 32-bit (Home Edition, Professional, Media Center Edition, or Tablet PC Edition) with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later, or Windows Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate).

Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP SP2 or Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2, or Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Vista. Phishing Filter requires Internet Explorer 7.

PC with 300 MHz or higher CPU speed

256 MB of RAM and 600 MB of available hard disk space

56 Kbps or faster Internet connection (broadband recommended)

Readable and writeable CD or DVD drive (CD-RW or DVD-RW, aka CD or DVD burner), external hard drive, locally networked computers, or USB-connected storage device required for Backup and Restore functionality*. For centralized backup functionality from multiple PCs, a storage device with a minimum 25 GB of hard disk space is required

* DVD-R DL (double layer) and DVD-RAM are not supported.

The information contained in this fact sheet relates to a pre-release product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the product when first commercially released. The fact sheet is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the fact sheet or the information contained in it.

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