Windows Live OneCare users will receive an automatic update to version 1.5 at the end of January. Most changes are modest, but there will be more options for backups – they’ll be able to be scheduled more often and sent to network drives in addition to external hard drives.

Many people overlooked a Windows Defender icon at the end of 2006 about an update, and began getting error messages in 2007. It was a poor presentation but the fix is easy: install the current version of Windows Defender. Most of you have done that already, right?

Everyone should have Windows Defender running on their computers, regardless of any other security protection. It’s free protection against adware/spyware, the same technology that Microsoft has built deeply into Vista. Take a minute to see if you’re up to date – click on Start / All Programs and look for Windows Defender on the list. If it’s there, run it; if it runs without an error, you’re done. If it’s not there, install it.

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