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01.06.2006 Technology

Microsoft Sweeps Into Security

By Sarah Lacy
Redmond claims its OneCare software offers PC owners all the protection they need, but it may be tough to dislodge Symantec and McAfee
About 18 months after promising a consumer-security product -- and striking fear in the hearts of rivals' shareholders -- Microsoft's OneCare has finally hit the market. The aim is to provide a low-cost, easy-to-use product that gives consumers antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection. "The consumer experience is going to be a lot easier," predicts Gina Narkunas, lead product manager for OneCare at Microsoft. "OneCare is like a pit crew [taking care of your car] for your computer."