Last modified: August 29, 2006 10:23 AM PDT
Chart: Comparing PC care packages
PC care packages side by side
A comparison of the features in Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare and in upcoming products from Symantec and McAfee.
|Windows Live OneCare||Norton 360||McAfee PC Protection Plus*|
|Backup||Yes, to CDs, DVDs and external hard drives||Yes, to CDs, DVDs, external hard drives and an online backup service. Has not provided details on networked drive support||Yes, to CDs, DVDs, external hard drives, and networked hard drives. McAfee is testing an online backup service|
|PC health and tune-up||Yes, hard-drive defrag. Deletes unnecessary files and checks on security updates||Yes, but no feature details available yet||Yes, hard-drive defrag. Deletes unnecessary files|
|ID theft protection||No||Yes||No|
|Safe Web searching||No||No||Yes, McAfee has integrated SiteAdvisor|
|Support||Offers e-mail, chat and phone support at no extra cost||Offers at least e-mail and online chat support||Offers e-mail and online chat support, charges for phone support|
|Availability||Now in the U.S., other markets in the coming 12 months||Worldwide by end of March 2007||Worldwide, released in August|
|Pricing||$49.95 for up to three PCs per year||Not yet announced||Per year: $49.99 (one PC) $69.99 (three PCs)|
* McAfee PC Protection Plus is the version of McAfee's "Falcon"-based products that it says competes with OneCare. Two more comprehensive versions are available, as well as one more basic version.
Source: CNET News.com research