A recent update to the Microsoft antivirus engine for Windows Live OneCare will quarantine the PST file used to store e-mail messages for Microsoft Outlook, preventing access to messages, appointments, tasks and journal entries. It affects versions of Outlook, including Outlook 97 and 2000, and Outlook Express running on Windows XP when the .pst file contains an infected attachment. Microsoft will issue an update on Patch Tuesday, March 13, 2007.
Follow the link for some terse directions on how to solve the problem in the meantime or head over to AppScout for more details including this observation:
OneCare is aimed at the home and non-technical user – maybe not for you, but for your Granny. So, how well do you think Granny could follow the instructions above to keep OneCare from cannibalizing her email?
Good question, but Microsoft is undaunted and is getting ready for OneCare 2.0:
According to Microsoft, OneCare Live 2.0 will include all the security features of OneCare Live 1.5 and will be able to be licensed for as many as three PCs per household. OneCare Live 2.0 will also include wireless connection setup and security features, a boot-time optimizer, automated monthly computer usage and security reports, online photo backup functionality (for an additional charge), unified monitoring and maintenance of networked PCs, printer sharing, and automated PC tune-ups.
The OneCare Live 2.0 beta will begin in late April, and Microsoft plans to ship the final version of OneCare Live 2.0 in third quarter 2007. You can sign up for the beta at Microsoft’s Web site.
You can sign up for the beta here. Neil Rubenking also has more details on the new features in OneCare version 2.0.