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Norton Systemworks 2003 & Norton Personal Firewall 2003
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5 out of 5 stars

Windows Software Symantec

software box cover AbleStable 5 Star Award [pc] Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks and Firewall keeps your system running smoothly, and the hackers at bay. For a comprehensive package to protect your computer you can't buy better.

System Requirements


Windows XP Home Edition/Professional
Intel Pentium II (or compatible) 300Mhz or higher processor
128 MB of RAM
Windows 2000 Professional
Intel Pentium (or compatible) 150Mhz or higher processor
64 MB of RAM (96 MB recommended)
Windows 98/Me
Intel Pentium (or compatible) 150Mhz or higher processor
48 MB RAM (64MB recommended)

Required For All Installations
60 MB of available hard disk space (without Parental Control feature installed)
90 MB of available hard disk space (complete)
DVD or CD-ROM drive
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later
Microsoft Windows Internet support
Supported instant messaging clients for Confidential Information filtering:
MSN® Instant Messenger 3.6
AOL® Instant Messenger 4.3
Windows® Messenger 4.0
Supported instant messaging clients for virus detection:
MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger (minimum version 4.6 required)
AOL Instant Messenger (minimum version 4.7 required)
Yahoo!® Instant Messenger (minimum version 5.0 required)

Detailed Description

Manufacturer's Description

Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2003

Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2003 is the smartest way to solve computer problems, with full versions of award-winning Symantec products and valuable additional utilities. Norton AntiVirus removes viruses automatically, protecting email and instant messages. Norton Utilities optimizes performance and solves computer problems. Norton CleanSweep removes unneeded files that waste disk space. Also included are the One Button Checkup tool to assess the health of your PC, Web Tools to help prevent dropped dial-up connections and clean up Internet clutter, and GoBack 3 Personal Edition by Roxio to recover from serious problems.

Symantec’s Norton Personal Firewall 2003

Symantec’s Norton Personal Firewall 2003 keeps hackers out and personal data in. Its robust defences include intrusion detection, application control, and privacy protection in one easy program. It hides your PC from hackers, blocks suspicious incoming connections, stops malicious programs from spying on your system, and prevents confidential information from being sent out without your knowledge. traffic and automatically blocks suspicious activities. Hackers can also conduct malicious activity from your PC, so Internet Access Control stops "spyware" and Trojan horse programs that are masquerading as legitimate Internet applications on your PC from connecting to the Internet. Norton Privacy Control easily prevents confidential data from being sent over the Internet without your knowledge and also protects personal information in email, instant messages.


AbleStable® Review
5 out of 5 stars

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We've used both SystemWorks and Personal Firewall for the past three years and found them to be excellent products. Symantec is often accused of trying to pack too many features into their software, however, given how complex computer systems and on-line security issues can be, the more tools that can be called upon when required the better.

One of the most useful aspects of this package is the seemless integration and effortless daily use of them. Sure, there's a certain amount of setting up, but Symantec help you through this process with a start-up wizard that guides you through the early stages. Their welcome wizard automatically kicks in after the software is first installed and takes you through all the major considerations of configuring Symantec’s software relating to your system and security monitoring and activity.

One important factor to bear in mind when buying system maintenance and Internet firewall software is that you must continue to update the products. Operating Systems are in continuous development, and Internet security is a constantly changing sea of unknowns. Symantec makes the process of updating software a snap with their 'Live Update' technology. Click a single button and any appropriate updates are automatically downloaded and installed for you. At the end of your first year you'll be asked to subscribe to their continuing update program which costs around 10% of the original software price.

It might cost a little more than the competition, but you'll be paying for a premium product with a well earned reputation.

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