Windows Live OneCare FAQ – Part II

Q: Does OneCare include Software Explorer, like Windows Defender?

A: No, the Software Explorer feature is not available with OneCare. OneCare does integrate the real-time antispyware capability from Windows Defender.


This protects your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software.


For more information, see Does Windows Live OneCare include Windows Defender?


Q. I have a trial version of antivirus software that came with my computer. If I subscribe to OneCare, do I need to renew my other antivirus software?

A: No. OneCare includes an antivirus feature. Before you install OneCare you must uninstall any other antivirus software from your computer.


Q: I have added my daughter’s computer to my subscription. How do I designate my computer as the hub?

A: On a hub computer, you can monitor the status of other computers in your OneCare circle and perform high priority actions, such as backup.


To designate your computer as a hub:

1.       Open OneCare by double-clicking the OneCare icon in your taskbar.

2.       Click Manage your OneCare circle.


If you’ve already set up a OneCare circle, click Your OneCare circle.

3.       Click Make this PC a hub PC.

4.       Enter the Windows Live ID (The user name and password that you use to sign in to any Windows Live, MSN, or Office Live sites and services. If you have a Passport Network, Hotmail, or Messenger account, you can use it as your Windows Live ID.) that you used to install OneCare, and then click Sign in.


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About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »