OneCare was not a failure, Microsoft exec says

Critics asserting that Windows Live OneCare didn't succeed on its own have got it wrong, according to Microsoft's chief security advisor for the EMEA region.

Roger Halbheer, in a blog posting on Monday, said it was "nonsense" for anyone to suggest that Microsoft's consumer antimalware security solution had somehow "failed."

Last month, Microsoft announced that it planned to discontinue OneCare while simultaneously saying it would offer a free anti malware solution code-named "Morro." OneCare is priced at $49.95 per year, but Halbheer noted that many people just cannot afford the extra amount, especially in newer and arguably poorer markets.

In the wake of Microsoft's announcement about the core anti malware solution, code-named "Morro", there has been some misleading and inaccurate information about OneCare's quality, performance, and overall level of protection. The facts about Onecare reassures the truth of the matter.

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C_Guy said,
If only Neowin could enforce reading the article before allowing comments...

People would still find a way to avoid it. Whether it's the scroll the article to the bottom before being able to reply, a 2 minute delay timer, or simply a little ball that bounces across the words trying to get peoples attention and follow the article. (though, doesn't sound like a bad idea lol!)

Well, if he believes Microsoft has a "monopoly", and you believe Google has a "secret underground base in which thousands sit reading your email to paste advertisements", I'd say you both are just alike in terms of avoiding certain companies products/services for silly reasons.

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

dead.cell said,
Well, if he believes Microsoft has a "monopoly", and you believe Google has a "secret underground base in which thousands sit reading your email to paste advertisements", I'd say you both are just alike in terms of avoiding certain companies products/services for silly reasons.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :)

Why is the way I do things silly? Because they are different from you? And did I say anything about a monopoly?

:)

Some people.... :P

I agree. OneCare redefined the category and forced Norton and McAfee to scrap their resource hogs in favor of much lighter weight products.

Hmmm, I 've part part of OneCare since the first BETA and am a member of the perpetual BETA as well. It's a pretty good product but is very simplified to attract less technical users. Sounds like you have no idea what the product is or does, but feel the need to complain about it.

bob_c_b said,
Hmmm, I 've part part of OneCare since the first BETA and am a member of the perpetual BETA as well. It's a pretty good product but is very simplified to attract less technical users. Sounds like you have no idea what the product is or does, but feel the need to complain about it.


i agree, it was made for the ipod generation, simple to use, less effort required to do anything and it worked well

OneCare is a damn joke. Seriously people, some of you can't see the Tree's in the forest here. Why are you paying some company to fix a product that THEY MADE and should have fixed in the first place for free?

Are you saying that Microsoft should not put in a firewall, because the OS should be perfect? Or that they should not put in user/admin account separation, because there should be no problems?

Then why say that they should not have anti-malware, when it is really quite apparent that most infections are from a user doing something stupid and installing a super "system optimizer" that appeared on a web pop-up?

(plus Morro will be free, will it not? so there goes your "paying them to fix their product" line of reasoning)

Oh come on. Have you ever even used it before? Onecare is in my opinion the best security suite in terms of resource overhead and completely staying out of your way. Try installing Norton or Mcafee and tell me if you can run it without any system slowdown. For the amount of features Onecare has you can't beat the memory usage. So whos the damn joke now?

statm1 said,
Oh come on. Have you ever even used it before? Onecare is in my opinion the best security suite in terms of resource overhead and completely staying out of your way. Try installing Norton or Mcafee and tell me if you can run it without any system slowdown. For the amount of features Onecare has you can't beat the memory usage. So whos the damn joke now?

Have you ever used anything else than Norton and MacAfee to say OneCare is the best ?

I must admit i did not try OneCare. I use BitDefender and i highly doubt OneCare uses less ressources than Bitdefender. And since Bitdefender is less expensive and very good at detecting virus. Don't say Onecare is not as good. Just say that before calling Onecare the best you should try all of them. It's not because it's made by Microsoft that it is automatically the best. There's other players around that do very good product. Bitdefender is one of them.

my subscription sexpire in april, should I continue through april 2010?

so do we fall back to ol windows firewall when Morro's out?

what about the scheduled defrags and backed up files?

I've got the Perpetual Beta, so it's free. I actually like it quite a bit, it doesn't slow down my computer like McAfee or Symantec.

It's got quite a few of features that I like.

and the image is just completely wrong. it's like there's a competition among news posters to use old or just plain wrong images.

mad_onion said,
and the image is just completely wrong. it's like there's a competition among news posters to use old or just plain wrong images.

it is not image it is a link

skynetXrules said,
it is not image it is a link

Then why does it have [ img ] and [ / img ] at either end? Those are use to help display images.

Last month, [img]http://www.neowin.net/news/main/08/11/18/microsoft-plans-to-divorce-viruses-for-free[/img]

the link in the middle are broke

it should be [url]