Windows Live Safety Center

Dana Epp blogged today about the Microsoft servvice Windows Live Safety Center.

As Dana points out:

So why is this so interesting? Well, now when your grandma calls you and tells you her computer is acting funny, you can tell her to go to It will install a small ActiveX component on the fly, and then:

  • Scan the computer for viruses using the latest signatures
  • Complete a disk cleaning scan
  • Complete a disk fragmentation scan
  • Do an open port scan
  • Output Computer Information

I know I’ll use this service when I go next door to help out my neighbor who says she is having weird problems with her system. She has a laptop so I’ll probably bring it back to the shop (my house) since I have cable modem service. I’ll likely use this service next time my wife and I visit her best friend up in Connecticut. We visit about twice a year and each time she asked me to check out her PC to make sure the virus scan is working, up to date, etc. At least it keeps me occupied while she and my wife gossip talk about stuff.


Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

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One comment on “Windows Live Safety Center
  1. avuee says:

    Sounds like a good idea, however it’s not Mac-friendly.

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