Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner

Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner

Infobox Software
name = Windows Live OneCare
"Safety Scanner"

caption = Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner
developer = Microsoft
latest_release_version = 1.2.969
latest_release_date = 2006-08-14
operating_system = Microsoft Windows
genre = Anti-virus, Spyware, Malware
license = Proprietary
website = []

Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner (formerly "Windows Live Safety Center") is an online scanning and health service to help get rid of viruses, spyware, malware, and other threats. It is a free web service that is part of Windows Live.


Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner offers a free online scanning and protection from threats. The Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner must be downloaded and installed to your computer to scan your computer. The "Full Service Scan" looks for common PC health issues such as viruses, computer performance, and open network ports. It searches and removes viruses, improves a computer's performance, and gets rid of junk on the PC's hard disk. The user can choose between a "Full Scan" (which can be customized) or a "Quick Scan".

The "Full Scan" scans for viruses (comprehensive scan or quick scan), hard disk performance (Disk fragmentation scan and/or Desk cleanup scan) and network safety (open port scan). The "Quick Scan" only scans for viruses, only on specific areas on the computer. The quick scan is faster than the full scan, hence that appellation. [ [ Windows Live Safety F.A.Q] ]

The service also provides a virus database, information about online threats and general computer security documentation and tools.


The virus scanner on the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner site runs a scan of the user's computer only when the site is visited. It does not run periodic scans of the system, and does not provide features to prevent viruses from infecting the computer at the time, or thereafter. It simply removes detected infections.

Beta problems

Many users who have posted on the [ Product Feedback] forum report script errors relating to Internet Explorer 7 (besides IE being the only browser supported by this service). The OneCare safety scanner team have been actively solving these problems, many of them registry-related. [ [ Thread on the Product Feedback forum for Internet Explorer 7 script error] ]

ee also

*Windows Live


External links

* [ Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner Homepage]
* [ Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner team blog] "on Windows Live Spaces"
* [ Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner Product Feedback]

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