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What is Windows OneCare?

Dave, since you had such a good answer to the question about Windows Vista I'm hoping you can tell me what the Windows OneCare program is? I just got a note from Microsoft about it, but it was busted and I only got the first two lines...

As part of its efforts towards making life with a Windows computer less hassle, Microsoft is moving towards a single virus, spyware, malware and software update suite that they're calling Windows OneCare. Here's what Microsoft is saying publicly about the upcoming program:

"Are you tired of spending time trying to protect and maintain your computer? Are you worried that you're still not doing everything you should to keep it safe and running at optimal performance? If your answer is "Yes," then Windows OneCareā„¢ is for you. Windows OneCare is built specifically for people who don't have the time or technical expertise necessary to secure and manage a computer on a daily basis. It is a comprehensive PC health service that goes beyond security to take an integrated approach to help protect and care for your computer."

They're just sending out invitations to join the beta program, and I managed to...