Norton SystemWorks 2003
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Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2003 is a smart way to solve computer problems, with full versions of award-winning Symantec products and valuable additional utilities. Norton AntiVirus removes viruses automatically, scans both incoming and outgoing e-mail, and keeps itself updated to defend against new threats without interrupting your work. Now it also detects viruses in instant-message attachments. Norton Utilities optimizes your PC's performance and solves computer problems easily. And Norton CleanSweep removes unwanted programs and files that waste disk space.
The One Button Checkup tool in Norton SystemWorks makes it easy to assess the health of your PC and is now more powerful and flexible than ever. You can customize it to run only the scans you want, schedule scans to run automatically, and undo any changes it makes. Web Tools helps prevent dropped dialup connections when you're online and safely cleans up the clutter left over after Internet sessions. And Roxio's GoBack 3 Personal Edition restores your PC to a healthy state after a serious problem.
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Back in DOS-based OS days, Norton's Undelete was a lifesaver. But in XP, Undelete essentially only works prospectively: once you install it, it will undelete files you accidentally erase from that point on. But for things you've deleted prior to installing Systemworks, you're out of luck. And if you do what I did - mistakenly erase photos on your SmartMedia card while it's still in your camera - you seem to be out of luck, too, regardless of when you install SystemWorks: that file is never under Undelete's protection in the first place and so can't be recovered.
After doing some research I've found several other products designed to deal with this scenario - but why doesn't Norton? It seems that their transition to XP was rushed and incomplete - something understandable in the 2002 version, but less forgivable in the 2003.
That said, I'm glad to have the virus protection, the disk assessment, and the other tools, and through Amazon it's a fair price just for those.
#1: Get ready for your system to slow WAY down, especially when you boot up. There were numerous complaints about this from purchasers of Norton AntiVirus, so I'm assuming this is the particular piece of the package that causes the problems.
#2: I upgraded to DSL about a week after installing SystemWorks, and the trouble really hit the fan then. DSL safety also required that I install a firewall, and Norton seems to have no idea how to handle this very well.
I'm not a techie, and my advice would be to find something else unless you've got some serious PC skills. The only thing that is useful is the GoBack software, which lets you restore your PC after serious problems develop...Ironically, I mainly use it to restore my PC after it gets screwed up by another Norton application.
So, should you upgrade?
If recently purchased System Works 2002 or Norton 2002 or any of the Symantec line of products at least wait until your one year subscription is up. Because that's what you by a utility program for, to keep updated against the latest attacks.
If you have NSW 2002, this version really doesn't provide all that much that is new. The most noticeable change other than a change in the interface color scheme is a new utility for removing web content such as history, cache and cookies. While Cleansweep already does this, the new utility allows you to view each item individually so you can pick the ones you want to delete. It organizes the content two different ways: by date and by the web site of origin. For most people, this is more detail than they want or need and Cleansweep's cleanup utility is fine. This just gives the user a little more control of what gets deleted.
Unless selective deletion of web content is important to you, I would say this isn't an essential upgrade.
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It's like a virus. Get a free one off the Net instead.