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Microsoft is launching OneCare, an anti-virus and firewall product, in the US tomorrow.

OneCare will be available in shops or for download. For $49.95 users can sign up three computers for a year's protection.

The product is targeted at individual users or small businesses that currently have poor or no protection in place - Microsoft says 70 per cent of its users either have no security software or out of date software on their PCs.

The product also offers back-up software for data protection.

Microsoft is staying mum on when the rest of the world will get to play with OneCare.

A Microsoft spokeswoman told the Reg: "We know that PC care is an issue for customers worldwide and international rollout is of the utmost priority for the product team. Our goal is to begin rolling out the service in beta in additional markets within the next 12 months. However, we have no additional details to share at this time but will keep you posted as we get closer to availability."

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