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August 15, 2006

Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner leaves beta, goes worldwide

Posted by David Hunter at 10:22 AM ET.

In typical (for Windows Live) surreptitious fashion, Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner (formerly Windows Live Safety Center) has apparently left beta status and been released worldwide. Joris Evers at CNET:

The Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is now available around the world, Microsoft said in a statement Monday. The online scanner removes viruses and spyware, rids a hard drive of clutter, and runs defragmentation.

The service is similar to Trend Micro’s House Call and McAfee’s FreeScan, though those only remove malicious software.

The international launch is a precursor to a broader release of Windows Live OneCare. Beta versions of the consumer security software are scheduled to be available by year’s end in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K., Microsoft said.

In case the distinction isn’t clear, the safety scanner is a free Web based tool (try it out here) while Windows Live OneCare is a purchased, downloadable program which launched in the USA in May and has put a dent in the established players in the PC security market.



Filed under Coopetition, General Business, McAfee, Microsoft, Online Services, Trend Micro, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live Safety Scanner

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2 Responses to “Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner leaves beta, goes worldwide”

  1. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard in Windows Live -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The “under the radar” announcement of Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner affords me yet another opportunity to wonder about what is going on with Windows Live marketing. The vehicle for the announcement was apparently an anonymous Microsoft statement to the press and some cryptic fine print on a hard to find Web page, while the beta (under the previous name of Windows Live Safety Center) is still prominently featured (as I write) amongst all the other Windows Live betas (some correctly labeled as such, some not) at ideas.live.com. You almost get the feeling that Microsoft doesn’t really want anyone to know about the Windows Live offerings as they roll out. [...]

  2. Malcolm Rowland Says:

    I have tried to use the safety scanner and it tells me that I need Windows xp.I have Windows xp I did contact Microsoft Who told to find my own solution ?

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