Microsoft Anti-Virus Public Beta : Windows Live Safety Center review
Microsoft came out today with a brand new beta product named Windows Live Safety Center. The application can be installed and executed online, which could cause some problems with the removal of certain viruses.
Windows Live Safety Center is a new, free service designed to help ensure the health of your PC.
- Check for and remove viruses (Anti-virus)
- Learn about threats (Information about security threats)
- Improve your PC's performance (Defragmentation)
- Get rid of junk on your hard disk (Disk Cleanup)
Basically, they just released a Norton systemworks lookalike. This is nothing new, but it is free! I think most IT people will prefer to keep their original tools to do their work. This application was meant to be used by people who do not know much about computers and who wants to keep maintenance of their operating system as simple as possible.
Here is a few screenshots and explanation about how the application works:
3. Select Complete scan, and press Next. This will start the scanning process. It will first download the updated version / definition of each tools, and after, do a complete scan of your computer.
4. You now have the results. Yes I know, I had 3 viruses on there. But they are actually supposed to be there. My job requires me to do some security audits on my network, and the tools I use fall under a virus-like category. Don't worry, I'll be just fine.
As you can see, the results are regrouped under 3 categories:
Protection: Viruses and other threat (Ex: Security / Hacking tools)
Performance: Drive fragmentation and useless file eating disk space away
Network safety: Security risk associated with your network (Open ports, etc...)
The viruses will be removed automatically, but for the other categories, you always have the choice to do something about the discovered problems by selecting the appropriate checkbox. When you are finished, press NEXT. Your temporary files will then be deleted, and your hard disk defragmented if you decided to do so.
I do recommend this tool to people who do not have the time to tweak their computers. The application is still in BETA phase, but it is very functional. I do not think this could replace a fully functional, real-time protection anti-virus, at least not until they release a version that loads up and memory and protect your system at all time.
Well, that's all there is to say right now. I'll keep you guys updated about the product when new features comes out.
If this article interested you and you are an IT person working in a corporate environment, I would suggest you to consult my other article about the art of patch management. Patching your computers against vulnerabilities is as important as protecting them against viruses, especially if you have to do it on a large scale where you cannot afford to do this manually.
If this article was of any interest to you, you might like to read some of my other ones:
Update: Ok, this is more a walkthrough then a review. I did post my opinion about the product. I wanted to show people what the product looked like, and how it worked. If people didn't like the walkthrough, they wouldnt have digged it. Thanks to everyone.
Update 2: Micheal, a fellow blogger user sent me this comment, I tought I'd share it with everyone:
"Firefox users should use the IE Tab extesion to use the scanner. It'll open the link in a new Firefox tab using, but using IE. Here's the link. https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1419&application=firefox"