Goodness! Next thing you know, we’ll find out that Redmond has business interests outside of Windows and Office...
This does present a good opportunity, though, to pass on some revealing reader feedback about Windows Live OneCare, Microsoft’s competitor to Symantec’s Norton Antivirus. Apparently the two aren’t playing together well. Robbi writes:
"I have been an advocate of Symantec’s products for years and have never had it fail me. Recently I had to purchase a new computer and I, of course, put on my Norton SystemWorks software, including the Internet Security & Firewall package. I then went to install the new MSN Messenger off the Web page and with it was a free trial of Microsoft Live OneCare, so I thought I’d try it out. It worked fine for a couple of days until I put on another program and had to restart the computer; that is when things started going sour. Every time the computer restarted, I would get a blue screen with error messages about the Norton GoBack program failing. It would take me literally an hour to get it to boot fully, usually with several restores (GoBack) until I could get to a point that would work. It is a nightmare. So now I am extremely careful about how I put on new programs and restart my system. I would unload the Live OneCare, but I like the back-up program that came with it and Windows Defender for the anti-spyware.
"The back-up program in OneCare is much easier to work with than Norton’s. Both of them run great as long as you don’t do a manual live update on Norton SystemWorks because now I come up with errors on the system redirector files. When my subscription is up on Norton, it is going to be very difficult to decide whether I buy both or ditz one or the other of them."
Posted by Lee Pender on August 03, 2006 at 11:53 AM
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