Microsoft Security Essentials is simply the best security program currently available for Windows computers. Installing MSE is on the short list of chores that I insist on doing for every computer I work on.
The license terms are being changed to permit it to be used by small businesses, although that’s not hugely significant since it has been used happily by small businesses all over the world ever since its release. […] continuedRead more
This is for anyone who might have been procrastinating. Look down in the lower right corner for the icon for your security program.
If you see the Windows Live OneCare icon (pictured above), it’s time to move on!
Take a minute to make sure your security software is running. If you’ve switched to Microsoft Security Essentials, look for the reassuring checkmark down by the clock.
Two people reported problems with MSE in the last couple of days – no icon visible and an error message when they tried to launch the program from the Start menu. […] continuedRead more
Starting on July 14, some Vista computers began displaying erroneous warning messages from the Windows Security Center. If you run Windows Live OneCare on a Vista machine, you may see a shield with an X in the lower right corner. Opening the Windows Security Center will display two warnings: “Windows Firewall is turned off,” and “Windows Live OneCare is on but is reporting its status to Windows Security Center in a format that is no longer supported.”
As long as OneCare is green, you are fully protected. […] continuedRead more
If you have a subscription to Windows Live OneCare, you are covered until the choices for security software are more clear towards the end of 2009. Keep using OneCare.
Your OneCare subscription will not expire. Starting last month, Microsoft began extending OneCare subscriptions automatically for six months for free. You’ll get an email to confirm that before your subscription expires. […] continuedRead more
On June 23, Microsoft will release a beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, the free antivirus program that is replacing Windows Live OneCare.
Microsoft is now allowing journalists to write about the new program so a flurry of stories appeared today from people who have been testing it for the last month. […] continuedRead more
Windows Live OneCare will be completely off the market at the end of June (although Microsoft will continue to issue virus definition updates for another year). When Microsoft announced that it was killing OneCare, the company added that it would be releasing free antivirus software in 2009 based on its enterprise-level Forefront security engine. […] continuedRead more
I’ll mention a few ways that you can make a backup copy of your important files, but this is necessarily just an overview. Remember, the important things are:
(1) you have a copy of your data stored somewhere besides its primary storage on your computer;
(2) you know what program you’re using to make the backup copy and you set it up correctly; and
(3) you know how to tell if the backup copy is being updated periodically.
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You don’t have to leave Windows Live OneCare right away. It’s not broken and you don’t have to replace it. It will be supported until December 2010. Still, we can’t feel completely comfortable with a product that’s being taken off the market. You should consider switching to a current product when your OneCare subscription expires. […] continuedRead more
Small businesses running Microsoft Small Business Server have not had an easy time finding antivirus software. Security suites designed for large companies are frequently complex, difficult to install and configure, and all too often require an inordinate amount of handholding.
On the other hand, every small business discovers a shortcoming of security software that is managed individually by each user: there’s always someone who doesn’t pay attention. As a consultant collecting an hourly fee, I’m reluctant to log onto each workstation in a client’s office individually every couple of weeks to check whether updates have been installed and whether virus definitions are up to date. These days though, the consequences of falling behind can be dire indeed. […] continuedRead more
Many people have strong religious convictions about antivirus and security programs for PCs. I’m guilty of that too but let me try to step back and give you a reasonably unbiased overview of where we are in 2009.Read more
One glitch in the SBS 2008 migration nagged at me – it didn’t make sense that the computers with the individual version of Windows Live OneCare were not reporting in to the SBS 2008 console, which tracks the security status of all the workstations on the network.
This is a sample of the new console for managing workstations in SBS 2008. […] continuedRead more
Let me leave a few notes behind about some of the glitches during the migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008. I don’t have many answers but perhaps it will help someone to know that I’m able to commiserate with them. (Loyal clients – this is not aimed at you and it won’t help you get your work done. […] continuedRead more
Information will be coming out rapidly to fill in the details of Microsoft’s surprising announcement yesterday. Over in the OneCare forum, someone pointed out to me that the OneCare blog post says: “Microsoft has committed to making sure you are protected for the life of your subscription.”
That probably means that OneCare will be kept current and fully updated at least through June 2010. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft announced today that it will deliver free antivirus and anti-spyware software for all Windows computers, beginning in the second half of 2009. […] continuedRead more