I dont think Onecare provides the protection itself Bob , but is more proactive about making sure you apply the revelent patches ( in the same way that 3rd party health scanning products , like GFI Languard NSS does
Rather than give a second-hand opinion, I can give you the words straight from the product manager via the OneCare blog.
He addresses the questions you (and others) have raised and invites questions via email.
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Its not really far off the concept of what google offer http://pack.google.com/
"automatic and self-updating PC care service aimed at helping consumers more easily protect and maintain their PC".
Stick in a free firewall and you have what onecare is offering.
Free too :-0
Well I suppose its all about "adding value" isnt it as "Microsoft Corporation" have to make their $.
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