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Can you continue to use Tuneup portion of Live OneCare RRS feed

  • Question

  • The free replacement for Live OneCare will do the Virus protection and not the "extras".  Can you continue to use the Tuneup, auto backup and printer sharing portions of Live Onecare after expiration of license?  Turn off the anti-virus portions and then use the new free version along with the expired Live Onecare??   Or is there another piece of software to do the "dropped" functions?  Do not want to use Norton or McAfee.
    Live onecare user
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:22 PM

Answers

  • I'm fairly sure that most functions of One Care will not work after expiration. Most of the features available in One Care can be found in Windows, they just are not as automated or in one place. You can run disc cleanup and defrag as scheduled tasks and use either Windows Backup or a third party backup application. The Windows firewall is a decent replacement for the One Care firewall.
    Jim - MVP Windows Live - Forum Moderator - Live One Care - Live Mesh - Microsoft Security Essentials
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:55 PM
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  • I'm fairly sure that most functions of One Care will not work after expiration. Most of the features available in One Care can be found in Windows, they just are not as automated or in one place. You can run disc cleanup and defrag as scheduled tasks and use either Windows Backup or a third party backup application. The Windows firewall is a decent replacement for the One Care firewall.
    Jim - MVP Windows Live - Forum Moderator - Live One Care - Live Mesh - Microsoft Security Essentials
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 5:55 PM
    Moderator
  • I'll add that the automation of defrag and the backup application are better and/or more OneCare like in Windows Vista or 7 than in Windows XP.  For example, the defragmentation portion is automatically set up to be performed once a week in the background, which also works much less intrusively on these newer operating systems due to internal changes that were made.

    The difference is that there isn't one big central screen to open to see all of these items, they are separate utilities or functions of the operating system itself.  However, with the newer OS there's really no reason to look at most of these anyway, they just happen without your attention.

    The anti-virus scanning portion is handled by the new Microsoft Security Essentials which will be offered free later this year.

    So there's really no need to purchase another third-party program to do all of these, you'd be much better off to upgrade your operating system using that money, especially if you would be replacing the PC anyway.  Otherwise, an OS upgrade might be worth looking into after Windows 7 is released in late October. since this will provide many other improvements that security/utility software just plain can't.

    Rob
    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 8:02 PM
    Moderator