Microsoft has updated the beta of its OneCare Live security subscription service for consumers, as it prepares to launch a similar enterprise security offering.
OneCare now scans files received in the MSN Messenger instant messaging service and also allows users to scan files and folders for viruses by clicking the right mouse button.
The software also now enables users to make back-ups to external hard drives, as well as being integrated with the automatic Microsoft Update service for fixes and feature updates.
In addition, OneCare now assists users in the removal of products that conflict with it.
By the end of the year Microsoft plans to release an initial beta of its recently unveiled Microsoft Client Protection product to protect business desktops, laptops and file servers against malicious attacks.
OneCare combines anti-spyware software, anti-virus software, a firewall and several “tune-up” tools for Windows PCs. OneCare will be launched as a commercial service some time next year.
Microsoft’s entry into the security product market is currently the subject of an investigation by the European Commission, with concerns among security software suppliers that its wide Windows reach and bundled security offerings could squeeze them in the market.