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Norton Systemworks Pro 2003 4 out of 5 stars

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software box cover [pc only] Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition is an easy-to-use suite of award-winning products that provide advanced problem-solving solutions to maximise PC performance.

System Requirements


Required for all Windows Installations
Intel Pentium II 133MHz or higher; or AMD K5 Family processor at 133MHz or higher
180 MB of available hard disk space
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
DirectX 8.0 (for performance test)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or above (5.5 recommended)

Windows XP Home Edition/Professional

Windows 2000 Professional/NT Workstation
Intel Pentium 133MHz or higher processor
64 MB of RAM

Windows Me/98
32 MB of RAM (48 recommended)

For installation of GoBack 3 Personal Edition by Roxio
Intel Pentium II 166MHz or higher
32 MB of RAM (48 recommended)
200 MB of available hard disk space
Average of 10% of total hard disk space available for GoBack history (configurable)
800 x 600 display, using 256 colours

Email scanning supported for standard POP3 and SMTP compatible email clients, including:
Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0/5.x
Microsoft Outlook XP/2000/98/97
Netscape Messenger 4.x, Netscape Mail 6.0
Eudora Light 3.0, Eudora Pro 4.0, Eudora 5.0

Supported instant messaging clients
Yahoo! Instant Messenger 5.0 or higher
AOL Instant Messenger 4.7
MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger 4.6 or higher

Detailed Description

Product Description

Symantec’s Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition is an easy-to-use suite of award-winning products that provide advanced problem-solving solutions to maximise PC performance. Norton AntiVirus is the world’s most trusted antivirus solution. It removes viruses automatically, scans both email and instant messages, and keeps itself updated to defend against new threats without interrupting your work.

Norton Utilities epitomises your computer’s performance and solves problems easily. Norton CleanSweep removes unwanted programs and files that waste disk space. Norton Ghost protects your data from computer disasters by letting you create full system backups easily. The One Button Checkup tool makes it easy to assess the health of your PC—and now you can customise it and undo any changes it makes. Web Tools helps prevent dropped dial-up connections when you’re online, and safely cleans out clutter left over from Internet sessions.

GoBack 3 Personal Edition by Roxio restores your PC to a working state after a serious problem. The new Performance Test lets you benchmark your PC against others, and the Process Viewer helps you diagnose problems by displaying every program that’s currently running. Install Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition today and get the tools you need for comprehensive PC maintenance. For small businesses, 5 and 10 multi-user packs are also available.


Amazon Review

Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition gives you all the tools from the standard version of SystemWorks along with Norton Ghost for taking complete system backups or transferring all your data to a new disk drive.

The main tools in SystemWorks help you avoid viruses, keep your PC running smoothly and fix it when it doesn't. Like a Swiss Army knife, you won't need all of the tools in it every day but when you do need them you'll be very glad.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 is the excellent antivirus software that now scans files downloaded through instant messages as well as from the Web and POP3 e-mail; it also blocks e-mail viruses that try to spread through your e-mail, keeps your virus definitions up to date and looks for virus-like behaviour.

The tools in Norton Utilities share the same simple interface, making them both easy to use and powerful; you can check the registry and your hard drive for potential problems you wouldn't otherwise see and get help to fix them. Some older tools have been superseded by options in Windows XP itself but the Speed Disk defragmenter gives you more information and more options than the built-in tools in any version of Windows.

The tools in CleanSweep are useful for clearing out clutter on your PC from applications you've downloaded and installed and for cleaning up after your browser. There are other ways to do that, but CleanSweep offers a very clear and simple interface.

Ghost rounds out the tools by letting you take a complete backup of your hard disk on to CD or another disk; you can also clone one disk on to another when you upgrade or move to a new PC. While the wizards are straightforward, Ghost has to reboot your PC and it creates large files. This is a powerful utility rather than a casual backup tool, but like the other disaster-recovery tools in SystemWorks Pro, it's well worth having around before you run into problems with your PC.

Mary Branscombe, Amazon

AbleStable® Review
4 out of 5 stars

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Norton SystemWorks has saved us from many a problem. We're not impressed with the uninstall utility and would advise you use the Windows uninstaller instead, but don't let that detail put you off, this is a great utility and will save you hours of troubleshooting.

Symantec enable you to update this software at the click of a mouse over the Internet. They call this technology 'Live Update' and it ensures you're kept right up to date. The defraq tool works like a dream and is a vast improvement on past incarnations, and the one-stop fix-all button finds the most likely trouble spots and resolves matters before your computer starts groaning. Configuration and automation of tasks in SystemWorks is comprehensive, and any further Norton utilities like their Firewall can be easily integrated into a single system tools environment.

We'd recommend you look at the SystemWorks/Firewall Package as this represents better value and an all round solution. If you're not using a computer to access the Internet, then SystemWorks alone will ensure your computer runs without complaint.

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