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Solutions: Microsoft Security Essentials to replace Windows Live OneCare

My son-in-law told me several years ago that Windows Live OneCare was a very good and easy to use program. I have also read in your column that you think it is good software. I also liked that I could protect both my computers with one program. Having no luck finding a new version, I found that Microsoft will no longer be making Windows Live OneCare but will provide support through the expiration of my current period. Do you know of a similar product that may be as good?

Microsoft is repackaging Windows Live OneCare as Microsoft Security Essentials as a no-cost service. Microsoft will continue to support and provide updates for the Windows Live OneCare product one year past the last subscription activation.

Microsoft Security Essentials is available now and can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/security_essentials. Microsoft is hoping that making this a free service will get it installed on what it estimates to be 60 percent of the PC market that does not have active or updated antivirus protection.

You can read more about the retirement details of Microsoft OneCare at the OneCare end of sale guidance page at onecare.live.com.

Over the past month I've noticed whenever I download material in Adobe format, I can no longer find the "X" or "minimize" icons on my screen. Invariably I have to unplug my computer and remove the battery so I can reboot. Suggestions?

I have no idea what's going on with your Adobe documents, but you should still be able to click the "Show Desktop" icon (next to the Start button) to automatically minimize all open windows. From there you can right-click the window on the task bar and select close.

You can also do a Ctrl-Alt-Del and choose from a number of options from there. Certainly a little easier than shutting down and removing the battery.

You may want to try uninstalling Adobe Reader from Control Panel/Add Remove programs and then download and install the latest version from the Adobe Web site at get.adobe.com/reader.

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Solutions: Microsoft Security Essentials to replace Windows Live OneCare 10/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 3:28pm]
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