Friday 15 August 2008

Live OneCare Online Freebie Scan

Need a quick snoop through a system that may not have A/V or its A/V is seemingly not working?

Windows Live OneCare Free PC Safety Scan.

A Service Agreement will need to be accepted, then an ActiveX program will need to be installed on the system to enable the scan. Make sure to disable pop-up blockers for this site.

Once the ActiveX program is in place, the following will be presented:

OneCare safety scanner beta (for Vista)

This particular screenshot comes via one of our x64 Vista machines.

Note that the UAC will happen for the ActiveX install, and the initialization of the downloads that happen after clicking the Next button above.

Once the downloaded programs initialize themselves, the scan proceeds:

OneCare safety scanner beta: Status: scanning your computer.

The safety scan took about 3 minutes to run on this system.

Once finished, we were in the clear ... and we got an ad asking us to protect our PC with WLOC.

No viruses or spyware found

The above all-clear screen is what followed the "No thanks" to the ad request screen.

We chose to share the results with Microsoft.

All in all, this could be the out one may need when a virus prevents the installation of a local A/V product ... hopefully.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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