Microsoft plans to release the final version of Windows OneCare Live, its antivirus/backup/firewall/tuneup program, by summer 2006, and is likely to announce a price of $50/year for the finished product. Here’s an article about the upcoming announcement.

After installing it on dozens of systems and using it myself, I continue to be a big fan. It will be a huge step forward for most home users and small businesses without a server. The combination of Windows OneCare and a hundred dollar external hard drive means many of my clients and friends are deeply protected against computer threats. Look into it!

If you want to blindly follow my advice (hey, you could do worse), here are simple instructions for bringing some Windows components up to date and installing Windows OneCare. Good luck!

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