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Here's what happened: It's 3 p.m. and I just got home from my son's school meeting. I break open the Norton Utilities box and actually look at the manual (very unusual for me!) and it recommends that I run a few of the programs directly from the CD before installing the software on my hard disk. So I do. The very first thing it finds is that I have a tiny piece of hard disk that isn't even being registered with the computer. It asks if I want to use that space. I say, yes. It prompts me to make an Undo disk and then changes my hard disk so that it recognizes the unused area. It tells me I have to reboot the system so I do. It doesn't come back up! My system won't start because of invalid hard disk partitions! Big problem Big panic. I'm annoyed (there are better words) so I call Symantec to give them a piece of my mind. I get a constant engaged tone but i persevere and keep on trying without sucsess then at 5:30 i finally get through and am greeted by a very friendly voice telling me there office is closed but i can get help online That would be great if I could boot my computer and get online! About an hour later I figured out how to use an old boot floppy I had lying around to start my computer in DOS mode. Then I used the Undo disk to put the hard disk back the way it was. The moral of this story: have backups; do make the undo disks when prompted; and don't do this at night when the help desks are closed. It took several hours but these utilities did ultimately do a better job than the free Windows tools. Norton Utilities found several problems with my System Registry (a very scary thing for the uninitiated) and it helped me look for old, unused, and duplicate files. It did a better job of defragmenting my disk, and seemed to reorder the files in a more efficient manner. The system does run a little faster than it did after simply running the Windows tools. The Utilities a lso came with the latest virus checkers, memory managers, and a few "bonus" programs. It really didn't free up a lot of new space on the C drive. In fact, it used some extra space when I installed the actual Norton programs. Was it easy? No. Would I do it again? Probably, but I'm like that. What is my recommendation? If the free tools don't make a big difference,then its worth having, like someone said in a previous opinion i think the problem lies with windows itself rather than norton
I recently started having problems with my computer. Error messages, shutting down, disconnecting from the internet. So I went shopping and found the Norton SystemWorks. It seemed to be the answer to my problems. Wipes out viruses, cleans your disk, watches for Window errors, maximizes your hard drive and makes your programs load and run faster and better. WOW. One program can do all that? It was too good to be true. So I took it home. I read the book from cover to cover. I was so excited. It seemed to be the program of my dreams. I downloaded it. It was easy to load on and to start using. Okay, so it took up a bit of space on my computer. But if it did all it said, it was worth it. I ran the virus check. It found a couple of infected files. Zip. They were gone. It found a few Windows problems, ZIP, gone. Okay. Everything optimized, maximized, intensified and glorified. I was running a A-One computer now. No problems. Until I went to shut down. My computer wouldn't shut down. I did a warm boot. I went through the scan again. More problems. I cleaned, deleted, checked and plucked my computer. Norton once again told me everything was great. So I shut down the computer thinking, "Great. I've got everything under control." Until the next day. I turn my computer on. Norton loads up and boom. Another problem. I run the analysis again. More files are messed up. They quarantine those files. I try to repair all of the downed files. No luck. I try replacing them. No go. Now Norton is telling me I have all kinds of problems. It starts removing serious program files. Now my computer starts locking up. The it wouldn't let me on the internet at all. Norton kept telling me it wasn't safe to go on the internet. My Internet Explorer was no longer stable. Then it told me my Windows were no longer stable. It continued to get worse and worse until I was thinking I was headed for a MAJOR MELTDOWN. We are talking hard drive crash of the century ! So I race against the clock. Can I get all of my important files off the computer before it crashes. Will I lose all of my stuff or save it before melt down. Phew. Got everything off just before my computer heaves a heavy sigh and shuts down for the last time. So, high ho, high ho, off to the computer doctor I go. I drop off my hard drive and tell her the story of the hard drive gone haywire. She asks me if I put any new programs on my computer lately. I told her sure. Norton SystemWorks. She shakes her head and tells me that she's got four other computers in the shop with the same problems. And they did the same thing. Norton System Works is a nightmare. Because of it, I had to do a clean sweep replace of my entire computer. System Works had removed several of my main program files. Now, maybe if I were a computer programer, I would have known not to take these files off. But being a layman who just loves computers, I figured Norton wouldn't take off anything essential to the computer running. I was wrong. So if you know what you are doing and how to replace program files, this could be an option for you. However, unless you know how to guard against a program running amuck, this is not a good program. Using it is simple, if you want it to take over your computer like a bad dictator. I would not recommend this program for anyone who doesn't know everything about computers. Because it very soon becomes a nightmare of program errors and fatal shutdowns. I know, I'm trying to bring my computer back from the dead.
What you have to remember is that most utility programs work through 'Windows' & that 'Windows' is a bit of a fibber at times. Nortons is probably as good as any utility that works with Windows - maybe better than most. BUT as I said earlier you can never trust Windows completely. Which simply means that any utility that works through Windows should be suspect. The best hardware utility, in my opinion, is 'PC Check' [though most people would baulk at paying £150+ for a floppy disk & some cables]. As a PC technition I've seen many occurences of utility programs giving false 'results' in their tests. Just remember its not the whole story!
My dad bought Norton SystemWorks for himself and when he told me about it I thought it would be good if I installed it on my computer. So I installed it on my computer and thought that it was brilliant. It found some errors and to me it didn't really make much difference to the computer or anything that I could notice but I knew that it had fixed a couple of problems which probably made a few things go wrong which I didn't really take any notice of. However, after using this utility for about six months I was told that it slowed my computer down because it was in the running tasks. So i decided to get rid of it and I found out that it was much faster after I uninstalled it. In the end I had a problem on my computer and thought that Norton might be able to help me. I decided to re-install it and see if it could sort out the problems. Well after installation I checked my computer and there were a few problems that needed fixing so I fixed them. To my surprise nothing happened again. The problem that I wanted rid of still persists aswell. I realised after that that Norton System Works 2000 isn't actually very good. Nortan Crashguard didn't work on mine. I don't know why but every time a grash was going to occur Norton Crashguard intersepted and then my computer froze. I thought fine then I won't use this feature and un-installed it. Then I used the cleansweep which I thought was ok however, it didn't have any affect at all. The next thing I used was Norton disc doctor which I found out also didn't do anything so i left that one. I never used norton Web services because my dad has the newer version of that now and every time I go on his computer it comes up before every page and asks whether this page is ok to be loaded. The only feature of Norton System Works which I liked and thought was useful was the anti-virus and for some reason now I cannot install that because it stops my computer from booting up. I don't use this anymore because of that fact however, I still think that it is the best software in the package. I would say from reading other peoples opinions that this is not true for everybody else's opinions. However, I do feel that this is the case in mine and this really has happened to my computer and I don't think that Norton System Works 2000 is actually very good. For me all it did was slow my computer down. I hope that the next Norton System Works will be a lot better than this one and I hope that it doesn't slow everything down as much.
Where would I be without Norton System Works. When I first loaded this utility onto my PC it found no fewer than 80 errors on my system, and He managed to repair all of them. He looks after my hard disk and defragments it (8gig) in about one hour. He looks after windows and notifies me of any errors with the possibility of correcting them (He hasn't let me down yet) He keeps my system clean of all rubbish and redundant files. He rescues me from programme crashes. He recovers files I have been stupid enough to erase when I don't want to. He restores files and programmes backed up by Clean Sweep. He can move programmes to different files or folders. And when all else fails I can use the rescue disks I am prompted to make (and do) to get me back on the straight and narrow. He will look at the contents of my hard drive and then go of into the World Wide Web to see if there are any updates for any of my software (there’s loads, I haven't had time to download them all yet). On top of all this he keeps all the nasty viruses away and reminds me to update every two weeks. To name but a few utilities in this super package Norton is so good to me I couldn't live without him. What more can you ask for in a utility package, it has the works, works to the full, full of everything you need.
I recently upgraded from Norton Utilities to the Norton System Works to bring all these great utilities under one. The System Works has everything that Utilities has plus a great deal more. This package ensures that everything you need is loaded up in one go, making it the best complete integrated package. For your money you get:- Norton Utilities, Antivirus,Cleansweep and an internet updating system for new drivers, patches for your other applications. With one package you can fix disk,file,directory errors. Viruses are kept under control, the live update features will ensure that this does not go out of date. The package is simple to use, the interfaces are clear, easy to understand. Help is offered at each step should you need it. The first time I used it the virus software picked up an ICQ trojan bomb virus that had lain undetected. The peace of mind offered by Norton is marvellous, this software is so reliable ot makes keeping your pc running well childs play.
I was considering buying CleanSweep to help with gettin rid of all the old stuff that internet browsing leaves behind and I was also looking at updating my virus program from 99 to 2000 and for an extra 10 pounds, i bought the whole SystemWorks. It is a very easy program to use. and i think would be very easy for even a novice to use. It has helped clean up my system so much and has helped track installations of new programs so that i can uninstall them a lot easier. it has helped me improve the performance of my PC so that applications run a lot smoother and faster. A very worthy purchase, well done Norton again.
Like most PC owners, I am full of good intentions...we all know we need to do certain things regulary, to keep our systems in tip top condition...but often fail to do so... The routine back-up's, de-bugging, removing cookies and old files and running defrags, get overlooked because we are doing much more exciting stuff...like playing games, doing our on-line shopping and writing our dooyoo opinions! I have been looking for some sort of programme to run on my PC that would take care of all these worries for me...or at the very least, remind me when I need to take some action. Scouring through the dooyoo opinions, and reading Computer Actives recommendations, I noticed several good opinions on Norton and decided to invest my money in System Works 2000, as it incorporates all the features I require in one package. I one package I got, Norton Anti-Virus, Norton Utilities, Norton Cleansweep, Norton Webservices and Norton Crashguard, and all for £39.99 at PC World...I have just seen exactly the same thing at Staples, priced at £69.99! The programmes are available individually but at prices around £30 each...who on earth is going to pay that, if you can get the whole lot so reasonably? I have only had it running on my system for a short while and it has taken it over, now this is fine for me but I appreciate that some of you may not be very keen on that...but it suits me. And remember you CAN turn bits off if you want to...you don't need to run everything all the time. I think it's great that you can carry on with your day to day computing without the hassle of remembering what you should be doing to keep your system running at it's optimum performance..and I appreciate knowing that if the worst should happen Norton's there to offer me some sort of assistance...because of course th ings only go wrong when there is no-one around to help me! I should however warn you about one thing, it has an excellent disk defrag, far better than Windows, much more thorough...BUT...it takes a long time to do the first one! I have an 8.2 Gig hard drive and it took 16, yes 16 hours to complete the first defrag, so beware of starting it when time is tight! Friends do assure me that subsequent defrags will be much quicker...I certainly hope so. Despite this, I am more than happy with Norton so far, I have noticed it's slightly slower downloading e-mail now, but assume that is because everything is being checked for virus's...but otherwise the speed doesn't seem to have suffered at all... And I would rather have a slightly slower e-mail download, than get a virus.
Somebody must of been listening to CDN, I was in PC World today and they are selling a Norton System Works 2000 update for £39.95. I am a little confused though, because on the front of the box is a sticker that implies that the £39.95 version is a an update for those people who have the earlier versions of System Works. Thinking that I had bought an upgrade that required the older version to be left on. I was surprised, when reading the installation instructions, to find that they told me to remove all of the old Norton files before installing the new version. Does this mean that Symantec have effectively reduced the cost of System Works by thirty pounds? It would seem so. Anyway, its early days as I write this review, and I'm still getting used to the new configuration, but the most obvious difference to the old version is that the virus protection has been improved so that the program will check e-mail attachments and zipped files too. The literature claims that the virus checker can even check compressed files within compressed files. Clean sweep- has been rearranged to make it easier for the user to find its most frequently used features. On the downside it did change some of our system settings like changing the printer settings from the Epson that I have to a generic setting which didn't work but that was easy to change.
I got my copy of this thanks to a competition in ComputerActive. It is such fun to install with the little cogs on the screen letting you know its loading. I have disabled the crash guard - it kicked in all the time, but everything else is great. I like to download stuff from the internet and from magazine cover disks so I am forever using Cleansweep. I run the system check every couple of days and the speed disk every evening. This system must have saved me hours of agony, my computer has never run so smoothly. I am also impressed that Norton prompted me to do a rescue zip disk, and keeps reminding me to update it. I understand this will boot me back to windows, thus to Norton Utilities, should I ever suffer a fatal crash. Lets hope I never need it.
I have been using the previous version of Norton system works for about a year and have always found it to be very good. It has difinately rescued me from a number of problems during this time. The complete system uses a great deal of resources when it is running on the machine. I have noticed this pointed out a number of times in magazines. Now has come the time when it looks like I should consider upgrading and I am very annoyed that I will have to pay £70 again with a small refund of around £20 being offered because I paid £70 last year. I didn't grudge the money the first time because it was a new product but I do think that Norton should offer those who are previous customers an option to buy an upgrade cheaper than this. Possibly via the net and a pay for a key system so that they could cut out the retailers especially as I am a paying subscriber for their live update pro already. So perhaps if we all start complaining Norton will listen.
I purchased System Works 2000 last year, looking for something that would look after my whole PC system. With SW2000, I think I have found that. There is no doubt that the product contains a full sweet of potentially life-saving applications. I use System Check on a regular basis to find out if I have any underlying problems or nasty things waiting to happen. The Disk Optimiser works quickly and efficiently, defragmenting your disk and organising files so that apps load up quicker. Virus protection is of course, excellent, coming from good Norton stock! A couple of things bug me when using it however. Firstly, as mentioned before, the Crashguard is about as useful as a chocolate fire-guard, and the Installation monitor keeps kicking in whenever I install a new application. I'm sure there is a way to turn this off, but I'm finding it a bit niggly. On the whole though, a very useful application at quite a reasonable price.
Norton system works 3 consists of 5 seperate packages that prevents pc problems, detects and eliminates viruses, protects against crashes, removes unneeded files, and updates your system via th internet. 1 First is norton utilities which finds and fixes problems with you computer among the other 14 utilites in this section are win doctor, disk doctor, system check, speed disk, noton diagnostics and norton registry editor to name a few. 2 Norton anti virus automatically protects against all viruses. It quarantines infected files before they can damage your system and then gives you options on how to deal with them. Your virus protection can be updated at regurley intervals through the live update program via the internet. 3 Norton cleansweep does what it says. it safely removes programs and files no longer needed and can archive, transport and make backups of programs. 4 Norton crashguard is supposed to to protect against P C crashes and screen freezes but i find it is not very good at all. 5 Norton web services tries to keep your system up to date by checking through the internet for hardware drivers and software updates and does not a bad job. The complete package is kept up to date through the live update internet link. All in all this is a very good package and have I bought all 3 updates there as been. Do not buy each product seperatly you will save yourself around a £100 buying this complete product. This is a must buy package.