11 OEMs, including Sony, Toshiba to pre-install OneCare.

To address the growing security and management needs of today's new PC user, Microsoft is working with 11 original equipment manufacturers, including Sony Corporation of America and Toshiba Asia Pacific to preinstall trial subscriptions of Windows Live OneCare on select new PCs across North America, Europe and Asia. Windows Live OneCare provides all-in-one security and anti-malware protection for consumers and small businesses along with tools that automate and simplify PC management and performance.

"Microsoft and Sony share the same goal of helping our customers get the most from their PC experience," said Xavier Lauwaert of VAIO product marketing at Sony Electronics. "Through this alliance, Windows Live OneCare will provide our customers with a simple solution to help them maintain and secure their new PC."

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As for microsoft installing free anti-virus bundled with it's system...

Didn't antivirus software companies sue microsoft because it'd made Vista's kernal too secure, not allowing anti-virus companies to compete? Imagine if Microsoft threw in free software to do what other companies exist doing.

OneCare's a nice piece of software, and does it's job unobtrusively and competently. It's a good stride better then the current iterations of most consumer-grade anti-virus.

I don't see why this is even remotely a negative thing, it kinda baffels me that people expect systems to just be anti-virus free. Virii, bloatware, and adware will exist on any system, even if end-users have to willingly install them, it speaks no more negatively than cavities speak of Crest

MS OneCare $49.95 ANNUALLY for up to 3 computers. I have a MS OneCare account that is still active but I no longer use it. It was not very intuitive to use (I have been a pc user since C-64 days) and it's AV component always scored lowest at every AV testing site I ever found. Also it's updating was not reliable IMHO and was sure not a 'hands-free' experience. Since then I have switched to Avast free and it runs great on all our 4 Vista boxes. The cumbersomness of the updating made me feel 'less secure' rather than 'more secure'

BUT..it sure looks darn purdy!!!!

While I don't like the idea of anything bundled or pre-installed, I do appreciate the fact that major OEM vendors are taking security more seriously. On another note, I have no issues with OneCare whatsoever. It's simple, unintrusive and does the job. It also automates other tasks like defragmentation and cleanup, which makes it even more attractive. Kudos to MS.

Had OneCare for a year and was offered to renew it for only £15 as I beta tested v2.5. £15 for 3 PCs!

Why is everyone asking MS to give it away for free - do you realise that Symantec and McAfee would have a field day over that. OneCare is much better than McAfee and uses a lot less resources than Norton.

Norton Internet Security 2009 Beta installed and was up and running in about 20 seconds without a reboot on Vista 64-bit and Server 2008 64-bit. It is using 0 CPU and 500K of RAM. When I run it in 'Silent Mode' I am getting the same Frame Rates in 3D Games as before it was installed.

You might want to re-evaluate your out-dated opinions of NIS !!!

i'd take anything over mcAfee or norton AV, BUT preinstalled "crap" is the most annoying thing ever !! would it be so hard to add another screen (after the one where you put your windows username, etc) so you'd be able to choose to install all the OEM crap.

"I presume there distributing the latest version, Windows Live OneCare 2.5 "

There is only one version, the current version. Everyone's software updates automatically, without user interaction. Unlike M* and S*, you don't have to go through the ritual of re-upping every fall.

Man,
Do I agree with you there almost, except for what kind of hogs AVG and Avast both are.

Kepp those pre-BUNGLED programs off the machines and users wouldn't be having so many issues from jump street to begin with!

It's much more satisfying building your own computer.

And if you aren't stupid you generally shouldn't need a virsus scanner, they just slow your computer down.

I gave up on avast and avg, got OneCare instead.
It' a better overall system.

Until I get pwnt from some day 0 virus that vista and onecare can't catch.

I normally prefer ZoneAlarm Free Firewall and AVG Free. Does the job pretty well I must say. For everything else I use Virtual Machines (VMWare or VPC) and destroy the machine after something scary has been done to it.

While AVG is a nice little no-fuss application it's far from perfect.

And zone alarm? for a good few years now, worst peice of software available. There's absolutly no reason to use it anymore, either, as all those claims that windows firewall is "weak" and "insecure" continue to sound like echos of crybabies as it continues on, invisible in the background working without flaw.

(Rolith said @ #32.1)
While AVG is a nice little no-fuss application it's far from perfect.

And zone alarm? for a good few years now, worst peice of software available. There's absolutly no reason to use it anymore, either, as all those claims that windows firewall is "weak" and "insecure" continue to sound like echos of crybabies as it continues on, invisible in the background working without flaw.


In my openion Windows firewall is not bad, just doesn't give me enough control over things I would like. ZoneAlarm has been a bloody good firewall since years.

(franzon said @ #33)
It's a free trial = USELESS

As is 99% on the bundled software in new computers. Microsoft is trying to do the same thing that Norton or McAfee have been doing for a long time: Pre-install agreements with OEM's.

That bundling software is a bad practice (except for the companies behind bundled applications), i agree all the way.

I always reformat all the laptops i buy to get rid of the bundled software. However, many people don't and it's better to have a Microsoft application that would be easy to uninstall in case you don't want it than Norton Antivirus (or Internet Security) or McAfee, which are a PITA to remove in their entirety (as of today, this is the case).

(ajua said @ #33.1)

As is 99% on the bundled software in new computers. Microsoft is trying to do the same thing that Norton or McAfee have been doing for a long time: Pre-install agreements with OEM's.

Aren't these pre-install agreements the basis of Microsoft's monopoly in the first place... with Windows?

I've been using OneCare since I got Vista and its been a gem. Runs so quietly you forget its even there (unlike Norton) which gets your PCs heart pumping so fast you have to shut the damd thing down because the fan and hard disk are making so much noise. But honestly, I love it. It is the most unobtrusive AV package I have ever had. Oh and best of all, Microsofts Trial for OneCare is like almost 90 days as compared the the industry standar of 30.

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