14 iulie 2007 16:50When will the Windows Defender functionality be added into OneCare? As a current OneCare v1.6 subscriber with 3 PCs, and 1 PC testing v2.0 I am disappointed to see that the "system change" notifications/confirmations offered by Windows Defender are still absent from OneCare. Since subscribing to OneCare I often wish the "paid" subscription product had to offer at least the same basic functionality that the free Windows Defender does. Since OneCare requires you to turn off Windows Defender I have had no choice , but to go without this additional functionality for several months. (I understand that OneCare AV/Spyware is integrated into one engine)
Instead of spending development time on a "PC hub" that I could quickly see becoming a nuisance when trying to individually manage my 3 PCs on OneCare, I believe this product could be better improved if the full Windows Defender functionality was written into the program. I intended to purchase a second subscription to OneCare to cover my other 2 PCs when their Norton protection expires, but it would be nice to have an AV application that I can run alongside Windows Defender or gain that full functionality in an all-in-one package like OneCare.
14 iulie 2007 17:27ModeratorIn the 2.0 beta on the tune up tab there is a button that says "Change Startup Settings". From here you can easily enable/disable startup programs. It doesn't have all of the features of Defender's software explorer but it's a start.
15 iulie 2007 14:49I saw that and thought the same thing, it's a start. Although, it's more user-friendly than the startup controls in msconfig. I am more interested in how Windows Defender catches system changes and asks you to confirm them, such as when you install a program and it writes in a new firewall exception through the registry or adds a value to the Run/RunOnce keys without telling you. I don't know how OneCare stores its firewall exceptions, but I had a program that would try to add itself to the Windows Firewall exception list each time I ran it. I know that now, thanks to Windows Defender.
I just wanted to raise attention to what I felt was a missing feature, that I assumed was "in the works" and I've been waiting for version 2.0 to see if it would appear. I just want to make sure that MS is aware that this feature is desired, and I'm sure there are other people out there who would like that functionality as well. Either way, I appreciate your time and I'm just hoping that somebody in OneCare software development happens to catch this. I'll just have to keep looking out for it and hope it emerges in v2.5 or whichever version comes up after this release.
As far as the other features, I suppose there are uses for them. I can configure my own network printers and backup my own files, but the automation and convenience might be a reason for some people to consider OneCare. Personally, I like the monthly reports with the data and graphs. It would be nice if you could export those to Excel. Despite my comments earlier about the centralized configuration, after having more time to try it out myself, I did begin to like the ability to change settings among multiple computers. It is a step in the right direction toward easier home-network management.
24 iulie 2007 16:48
Thanks for the feedback and the suggestions, I too would have liked to see more of the Defender features in 2.0 and it still is in beta so no telling what may come.