box contains complete versions of the newly-updated
Symantec/Norton gives you the works
by Alan Zisman
(c) 1999. First
published in Toronto Computes,
Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2.0.
$99 (street); $149 (Pro version).
Norton Utilities (now owned by Symantec) has been one
of the classic
utility packages since almost the dawn of the personal computing era,
versions for DOS, Macintosh, Windows, and now Windows 95/98. It
the cornerstone of Symantec's SystemWorks suite for Windows 9x-- a
bundling almost the complete set of Symantec utilities to provide
system protection, recently upgraded to version 2.0.
4.0 and Norton AntiVirus 5.0, along with Norton CrashGuard
new to a Symantec package, CleanSweep 4.5 (purchased by
as providing all these products, the new version of SystemWorks
far better than the original version did--and far better
Office from Network Associates.
setup program installs all the products, and lets users pick and
them. And a single Live Update module upgrades all from
well, Symantec has done a good job of integrating the overlap
programs--Norton Utilities now uses Norton AntiVirus, rather
more limited anti-virus functions, for example.
Norton Utilities 4.0 are a System Check Wizard, Registry-checking
WinDoctor, and a Connection Doctor, to optimize Internet
continues to include a wide range of features, from the
Doctor and Speed Disk to its powerful low-level Disk Editor.
5.0 adds the ability to quarantine suspected files, keeping
doing harm, and making it easy to send them to Symantec for
I had to do this, with a seemingly incurable virus problem,
within 24 hours--including a call back from a technician
me through the steps of removing the virus. Well done,
less impressed with CrashGuard. Like other products in its class,
that it actually reduces system crashes. Luckily, you can
to install it, or can give it a try, knowing that it can be
component in the program is Quarterdeck''s award-winning
monitors program installation, and can be used to remove
reliably than Windows'' built-in routines. In its first
suite, it is less well-integrated than its partners--Norton
instance, duplicates some of its functions, and it doesn''t
the Symantec Live Update Pro.
Services includes a six-month subscription to Live Update Pro,
to notify users of updates to all their installed software,
ones covered by the standard Live Update feature.
are included in SystemWorks 2.0 Pro. This version adds
of Norton 2000, which tests for Year 2000 compliance. Unlike most
in this product category, which are limited to checking
and hardware clock, Norton 2000 can also check for problematic
fix spreadsheet and database files.
in the Pro version is Norton Ghost, for cloning complete
of the Suite include a Bonus CD, with WinFax Pro 9.0 Lite,
and a version of Symantec''s Visual Page Web-page
While useful, there is no attempt to integrate these
of value for the money, perhaps more than most users will need. And
these modules can be a drain on system resources--I leave Norton
in the background, but turn off all the Norton Utilities
preferring to have them run only when needed. *