Get a Free online Safety Scan @ Microsoft

Tired of installing countless scanners? Well look no further! Windows Live OneCare safety scanner is a free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC.

  • Check for and remove viruses
  • Get rid of junk on your hard disk
  • Improve your PC's performance
You need Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server. You also will need to use either Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or MSN® 9.0 or higher as Firefox does not work there. There is one available for Windows Vista but that is a beta, be warned!

Link: Windows Live OneCare safety scanner for Win2K/XP/Server 2003
Link: Windows Live OneCare safety scanner for Vista (Beta)

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Oh that's clever. It deleted my files without asking me first, very nice. So I lost my EICAR test file... not a big a deal, but it would have been nice to have first been asked.

The real question here is,
who trusts MS to just go ahead and make the changes this thing might make?

Sorry,
Never never used this thing and probably never will. I prefer to test/tweak and tune my stuff manually.

Onecare is a few steps over Defender. People should not equate the two products together, even if they -appear- to be -similar-.

Besides, this looks like an online scan compared to an actual installable suite. I have the suite on 3 pcs (total cost of just the tax once Fry's rebates were applied), and I must say I like the setup. More excited about the current beta of onecare, it comes with a master/client setup if you have multiple PCs using the program under the same Live ID.

joker999 said,
IE is design from Microsoft and that link from Microsoft = match = work fine.

But why isn't it available for Firefox?

toadeater said,

But why isn't it available for Firefox?

Why would MS make something that works with their competition? Except maybe to blow Firefox off your computer!
Which probably would be a benefit to you!!

is this just advertising or what, this has been available for a very very long time. not news, not even useful, the scanner has been known to be rather basic

C_Guy said,
Nope, it's a real question.

The funny thing is, there is no answer.

(lol)

Actually the funny thing is, that you would even ask a question like that. You must be new to computers and if you are then please excuse me and just google IE's gazillion security issues not to mention that it is years behind more modern and secure browsers.

But...if you aren't new to computers then unfortunately I can't say to you what I would like without getting banned. I'd just assume you're having a Forrest Gump moment.

internetworld7 said,

Actually the funny thing is, that you would even ask a question like that. You must be new to computers and if you are then please excuse me and just google IE's gazillion security issues not to mention that it is years behind more modern and secure browsers.

But...if you aren't new to computers then unfortunately I can't say to you what I would like without getting banned. I'd just assume you're having a Forrest Gump moment. :wacko:

And your information is about as up to date as IE5?

internetworld7 said,

Actually the funny thing is, that you would even ask a question like that. You must be new to computers and if you are then please excuse me and just google IE's gazillion security issues not to mention that it is years behind more modern and secure browsers.

But...if you aren't new to computers then unfortunately I can't say to you what I would like without getting banned. I'd just assume you're having a Forrest Gump moment. :wacko:

the really really funny thing is IE's security issues have been fixed, and you are talkgin about old versions of IE taht are yearsa and years old so of course that are years behind other browsers, ever heard of IE 7.

C_Guy said,
Nope, it's a real question.

The funny thing is, there is no answer.

(lol)

Sure there is an answer. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with IE. Don't let these "wanna" be computer guru's tell you any differently either.

Firefox IS NOT the answer.