Introducing the Windows Live Safety Center (Beta)

Hi all, my name is Matthew Braverman and I'm a program manager on the anti-malware technology team at Microsoft.

On Tuesday, Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie introduced the new Windows Live and Office Live services. One of the highlights of this launch was the introduction of the Windows Live Safety Center (Beta). The Safety Center includes a frequently updated, on-demand virus scanner which you can use to scan your machine for such threats as worms, Trojans, backdoors, and some user-mode rootkits. The Windows Live Safety Center is built by one of our sister teams and uses the anti-malware engine and signatures built by our team. I highly recommend that you check out the site. We'd also value any feedback you have on the site.

The virus scanner on the Windows Live Safety Center beta site runs a scan of your computer only when you visit the site. It does not run periodic scans of your system, and does not provide features to prevent you from getting infected with a virus in the first place. It simply helps you get them off once you've gotten infected. So I want to remind everyone of the importance of  having complete, up-to-date antivirus software on your computer. But, antivirus is just one step in helping to secure your system. Running a firewall, and making sure your system is up-to-date are also very important. For more information about helping to keep your PC secure, a great source is the Microsoft Protect Your PC site.


Comments (4)

  1. Dave M2 says:

    Thanks, Ill check that out =) Looking forward to reading more about you and your team.

    I hope that one day Ill be able to trust my own computer like the good old days.

  2. I’ve got a comment about, but I’m puzzled about the lack of a standard feedback mechanism–there seems to be a team blog, but no HTML or NNTP groups–is the blog the place you expect feedback to arrive?

  3. Matt Braverman says:

    Bill, there is indeed a newsgroup pointer available from the "feedback" link shown in the original post. Look for the "Security at Home Discussion Group".

    That said, the team monitors both this newsgroup AND these blogs as feedback mechanisms.

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