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Windows Live OneCare: Free (or less than free!) at Amazon

Face it, as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one security suite worth putting on a Windows XP or Vista PC, and it’s Windows Live OneCare. Norton and all the others have consistently delivered awful suites that slow down your PC, while Microsoft’s respects your productivity while protecting you from viruses, backing up your date, firewalling your network, and in the latest version, managing your home network and backing up your photos to the internet.

Another reason I like to recommend OneCare? Often, it’s free after rebate, almost weekly at Staples. This time, none other than will give you OneCare for the price of nothing after a brief delay. In fact, Amazon has the suite for just $28.99, which means that the rebate check of $30 will actually net you a $1.01 profit!

Now, the software isn’t currently in stock at Amazon, but if you buy it now and Amazon ships it to you before March 8 (and most likely, it will be in stock within a few days), you still get your check in the mail. Just make sure to mail in the rebate within 45 days, and you’re golden.

Make sure you order OneCare through Amazon, and not one of its third-party retailers. To make sure, on the right side, above the “Add to Shopping Cart” button, it will say “In Stock. Ships from and sold by NameofRetailer”, if it isn’t from If you’re the impatient sort, TheFactoryDepot is selling it for $17.59 right now and in stock.
(via SlickDeals)

January 28th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | OneCare, Security | 3 comments

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  1. Is OneCare really that good? Do you actually use it?

    I’ve heard bad stuff about it. How it’s not actually secure, and several official virus tests find it weak, or something like that.

    Though I think I have found it for like $11 at Sam’s Club. For such a good security suite, why is it so cheap?

    Comment by Michael | January 28, 2008

  2. Best Buy has Live OneCare on sale this week for $19.99.

    Comment by Tracy Klein | January 29, 2008

  3. I’ve been using OneCare since it was first released in beta 2 1/2 years ago, and my computer has never had a security problem. No viruses, no spyware, and all my backups have been flawless. Before that, I used McAfee, and things were fine, too, but my computer was a lot slower. To me, both things are important.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | January 30, 2008

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