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Norton Systemworks 2.0 Mac

4 out of 5 stars

Mac Software Symantec

software box cover [mac only: see see Norton System Works for PC] Norton SystemWorks 2.0 provides an integrated suite of software applications which cover almost every aspect of keeping your Mac running smoothly, as well fixing problems when they arise.

System Requirements

Mac

Mac OS X
Macintosh system with PowerPC G3 or higher processor (excluding Beige G3)*
Mac OS X version 10.1 or higher
128 MB RAM
20 MB hard disk space for Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilities
10 MB hard disk space for Aladdin Spring Cleaning
30 MB hard disk space for Dantz Retrospect Express
3 MB hard disk space for Alsoft DiskWarrior Recovery Edition
CD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for LiveUpdate

Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9
PowerPC-based Macintosh system*
Mac OS 8.1 or higher
24 MB RAM
20 MB hard disk space for Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilities
10 MB hard disk space for Aladdin Spring Cleaning
30 MB hard disk space for Dantz Retrospect Express
3 MB hard disk space for Alsoft DiskWarrior Recovery Edition
Recommended 10% of total disk space available when optimizing the disk
CD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for LiveUpdate

* Norton SystemWorks CD will not boot the original PowerBook G3


Detailed Description

Norton SystemWorks 2.0 provides an integrated suite of software applications which cover almost every aspect of keeping your Mac running smoothly, as well fixing problems when they arise. This new version now works in Mac OS X, providing protection for users of Apple's latest operating system.

The suite consists of four components:

Norton Utilities 7.0, one of the best known Mac disk utility packages, offers a full range of disk and file maintenance functions, allowing you to recover badly damaged disks, fix minor disk and file damage, optimise your drive by de-fragmenting files and applications and recover accidentally deleted files. If the worst happens, and you find that you can't even start up from your Mac's hard drive, the Norton SystemWorks 2.0 CD also works as a Start-up disk, giving you a chance to recover files and fix the damaged drive. Also included on the bootable CD is Alsoft Disk Warrior Recovery Edition, another powerful utility which has a great reputation for recovering files from hard drives that are severely damaged.

Norton AntiVirus 8.0 provides simple and comprehensive virus protection. Version 8.0 of the AntiVirus application not only protects you from a huge range of viruses, but will even scan e-mail attachments and file transfers as you download them, to prevent infected files from even reaching your Mac. The LiveUpdate feature keeps all the Norton applications and the essential virus definition files up-to-date by automatically checking for updates when you connect to the Internet, or at prescheduled times.

Dantz Retrospect Express makes backing up files an easy and logical process. Backing up your essential files is always advisable, but often difficult to do effectively. Dantz Retrospect Express allows you to automate the process, backing up to removable media such as Zip or Jaz drives, CDRW, another hard drive, or to an Internet archive with ease. The wide range of configuration options take some time to organise, but once this is done backing up becomes a single-click operation.

Finally, Aladdin Spring Cleaning allows you to keep your valuable disk space free by deleting unwanted and unused files, duplicate files, temporary Internet browser caches and it even removes unnecessary code from some software applications.

Currently some features of previous versions of Norton SystemWorks, such as Speed Disk do not run under Mac OS X. However, by booting your Mac from the Norton SystemWorks 2.0 CD all the features of Norton SystemWorks 1.0 are available, and work just as well on disks with Mac OS X installed.

Users of Mac OS 8 or OS 9 should note that the Norton SystemWorks 2.0 package includes Norton SystemWorks 1.0 for operating systems older than Mac OS X, so if you already own this version and do not use Mac OS X, Norton SystemWorks 2.0 offers no new features for you.

Mac users looking for a total troubleshooting and maintenance package for their computer will find that Norton SystemWorks 2.0 provides a solution that is hard to beat.

Daniel Jardine, Amazon

Manufacturer's Description

Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh 2.0 is the smartest way to keep your Mac at its best. This essential suite gives you five leading utility products in one convenient package-and they're all compatible with Mac OS X. Norton Utilities helps you optimize performance and solve problems easily. It can repair and optimize disks, recover lost data, and prevent future problems. Norton AntiVirus is the world's most trusted antivirus solution. It automatically finds and repairs infected files to keep your data safe and secure.

Easy updating of virus definitions over the Internet keeps Norton AntiVirus prepared for the latest threats. Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus are integrated, with a single installation procedure and main menu. Backups are the surest way to make sure that your data is there when you need it most, so Retrospect Express Backup from Dantz lets you copy your files quickly and easily to a wide range of removable media. A special edition of Alsoft DiskWarrior helps you recover data in emergencies. And Aladdin Spring Cleaning allows you to safely and completely uninstall old programs and remove the clutter left over from your Internet sessions.

Symantec

AbleStable® Review
4 out of 5 stars


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Norton SystemWorks for the Mac has been around since the early days. There are other system utilities out there and we've tried one or two of them as the claims are they beat Norton handsdown with problem diognostics. In one such case the software messed around with our Mac OS system so much we were forced to rebuild it from scratch! No such problems ever occured with Norton SystemWorks. It may be that little more expensive, but it's reliable and trustworthy.

Norton SystemWorks 2.0 for the Mac is a very different beast to its Windows counterpart SystemWorks. That's inevitable given each utility has to do an entirely different job. There are similarities like the ability to update the software using 'LiveUpdate', however the Mac version of Symantec's system maintenance utility is generally updated far less frequently than its Windows equivalent. That may simply be because the Mac Operating System is more stable, we like to think that, perhaps however the Mac version simply doesn't enjoy the constant development the Windows version undergoes as its user base is so significantly lower.

The workings of the Mac OS System is far more hidden than Windows, and it's next to impossible to know what goes on much of the time behind the scenes. That's probably how most Mac owners prefer it. The problem arises when something goes wrong with the Mac, and it's very difficult to know where to start when trying to resolve what may seem even a simple problem. Norton SystemWorks 2.0 for the Mac is there to prevent possible issues arising in the first place as much as possible, and when things do go wrong it's there to resolve your difficulties.

Virtually any problem thrown at Norton SystemWorks can be fixed automatically and with very little drama. If you want to ensure your Mac continues to serve you in the uninterrupted way you've come to expect, Norton SystemWorks 2.0 for the Mac is a capable and robust solution. Add to this the addition of Norton's antivirus program, and Aladdin's excellent software Spring Cleaning, and you've got a great package.

Review by AbleStable®


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