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Windows 7: Microsoft to offer free security

14 Jan 2009   #11

Mac OSx & Windows 7
 
 
OneCare

Hi Guys/Girls,

Have to say I was a keen user of OneCare for some years and never had any malware/virus/trojan issues what so ever,It warned me about them but quite happily dealt with them swiftly.

I didnt mind paying the annual cost, considering you are allowed to protect up to a circle of 3 machines and have one of them as a master hub, was great.

Its only downside was that it was for Vista only. Sounds like a step in the right direction, my Windows 7 reg is currently sat on my new Macbook within a VM, so although I am currently only protected by defender from a windows perspective, I am pretty secure behind my time capsule router!!

Cheers




Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Sounds good, if they don't get their pants sued off for doing that. The question remains however, how good is their protection anyway? Apart from Windows Defender, I've never used MS protection.


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14 Jan 2009   #12

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums, markglobalmsglive.

I will probably give it a try for free, but couldn't see paying for it when there are decent free programs that have done the job for me. TBH, I've only had one alert in the past year and it was a false positive.

Gary
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17 Jan 2009   #13

Windows 7 64bit/Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I used One care for a whole year and it was an ok experience. It had the usual protection settings, backup files and what not. Pretty lightweight too compared to some other software. There was one time scare where Microsoft had an updating problem and the software reported that your pc was not being protected. Eventually it was fixed but it was a hassle. Might give the freeware a try though.
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17 Jan 2009   #14

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

they already have a app like that...
its called "Microsoft Forefront Client Security"
i thought MS forefront was going to be their "free antivir"

its currently cheaper than most...lol

and they are having a beta....
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17 Jan 2009   #15

Windows 7 build 7000 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x3haloed View Post
I don't really know either. I haven't tested Live One Care. The truth is, I don't really need antivirus software anymore. I haven't been using antivirus software and I haven't gotten a single virus in the past two years that I've been using Windows Vista.

If Microsoft's new security software is lightweight enough, I may just leave it enabled just for the "feel good" aspect of knowing that I do have antivirus software, much in the same way that I leave Windows Defender enabled, becuase I really can't say I've seen real performance benefits to disabling it.
If you're not running any AV software at all, how do you know if you do or don't have virus?

I have an excess need for AV, being a PC game modder who downloads lots of tools and mods, many rars and zips from untrusted sources, I have been using Eset NOD32 and Outpost Firewall, and the occasional free online scan from Trend Micro since shortly before Vista, and I still do.
I haven't given them a spin on Windows 7 yet, since I'm using the Kaspersky (which is really annoying sooo many pop ups and "Help me! I'm an AV and a firewall and I don't know what I'm actually supposed to do!) beta, or trial thing that Windows 7 itself suggests. I won't recommend it, but to be fair I haven't tried the other suggested ones.
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17 Jan 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HikerRemastered View Post
If you're not running any AV software at all, how do you know if you do or don't have virus?

I have an excess need for AV, being a PC game modder who downloads lots of tools and mods, many rars and zips from untrusted sources, I have been using Eset NOD32 and Outpost Firewall, and the occasional free online scan from Trend Micro since shortly before Vista, and I still do.
I haven't given them a spin on Windows 7 yet, since I'm using the Kaspersky (which is really annoying sooo many pop ups and "Help me! I'm an AV and a firewall and I don't know what I'm actually supposed to do!) beta, or trial thing that Windows 7 itself suggests. I won't recommend it, but to be fair I haven't tried the other suggested ones.

most of them are dead giveaways (through process explorer....)

the others that cannot be solved by using a simple command such as sfc /scannow are not worth your trouble as the most of those are rookits anyways....
(im not saying not to use av its just my opinion as i have on avast for the av and drive-by downloads protection)
if you are carefull enough (and check for packed files that might be trojans inside the download )you should be actually thwart about 99% of attacks the others are zero day and nothing in the world would be able to stop them...
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30 Jan 2009   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Just saw this, now we are talking
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