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Windows Live OneCare “crapware or performance enhancer”

Microsoft recently allianced with OEMs for pre-installing Windows Live OneCare, dDo you consider Microsoft products like Windows Defender antispyware tool and Windows Live OneCare security/management service to be crapware that you don’t want preloaded on your PC, or performance-enhancement tools? 

In an e-mail exchange this week with a spokesperson for Microsoft’s OEM unit over what kinds of tweaks Microsoft is encouraging its PC partners to make to provide a better end-to-end user experience, I learned that Microsoft is touting some of its products as de-crapifiers. Specifically, the Redmondians are telling partners and customers that Windows Defender and Windows Live OneCare can be used to clean up their PCs so they run better and faster.

Here’s part of message received from Microsoft spokesperson:

“* Windows Vista customers can turn off programs that launch as part of the boot sequence using Windows Defender, which most people think of as spyware protection, but it also helps with PC performance management as outlined here.

“* Windows Live OneCare similarly enables customers to turn off programs with its Start Time Optimizer service. But it takes this one step further by monitoring startup applications and detecting which are infrequently used, presenting that list to the user along with the ability to choose which of those programs to disable. And it does so on an ongoing basis, so the suggestions can change over time based on the customer’s changing usage habits. Further details are here.

“From what we’ve seen with OneCare alone, 80% of customers opt to remove unwanted and unused files when presented with the option, and typically remove about 2 applications per Start Time Optimizer session, though that can vary over time and computer usage.”

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