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Microsoft Unveils PC Health Panacea

Windows OneCare service provides one-stop solution against malware and mucked-up computers.

Microsoft announced earlier this month it will be launching an internal test of an all-in-one PC “health” service aimed at providing automated protection, maintenance and performance tuning for Windows-based PCs.

The paid subscription-based service, called Windows OneCare, is a comprehensive PC health solution that gives users a simplified way to deal with cyber threats and other conditions that can affect a computer’s performance. The initial “internal beta” will work with Windows XP SP2 and features real-time anti-virus and managed firewall security, backup and restore capabilities and PC maintenance tools that can periodically perform disk cleanup, hard-drive defragmentation and file repair. Though most versions of the Windows operating system offer these tools, Windows OneCare bundles all these various services in one place.

“Consumers need a simpler, more comprehensive solution to keep their PCs ‘healthy’ and running well than what the traditional security marketplace has been able to provide to date,” the company said in a statement.

A public beta of Windows OneCare is scheduled for later this year. Pricing of the service is not yet available.

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Dan Hong is the associate Web editor of MCPmag.com, CertCities.com, TCPmag.com, Redmondmag.com and RCPmag.com.

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