Norton Utilities : Java Glossary
- Norton Utilities
A collection of Symantec’s utilities bundled in various ways. The 2001 edition is a common install that works on
W95, W98, Me, NT, W2K and XP. There is a similar suite
for the Mac. The Norton Utilities have evolved over the years to become more and more
automatic. However, the quality has gradually deteriorated. Installs often fail. At
the same time, the old hacker utilities that would be dangerous in novice hands, like
disk edit, have been dropped. I have been using these utilities since the early days
of DOS (Disk Operating System). The following table outlines the most important
components and which components come bundled with which packages.
SystemWorks 2005 Premier?
||Detecting and removing viruses.
||Removing junk files and duplicate DLLs (Dynamic Link Libraries).
||Repairing damaged disks.
||Backing up partitions to CD (Compact Disc)
ROM (Read Only Memory).
||Remotely control another computer.
||Defragger to tidy disk for speed.
||Repairing damaged system registry.
||Glean detailed information about installed hardware and software.
||Sending and receiving Faxes.
||Sending and receiving Faxes.
SpeedDisk is in good shape, but SystemWorks, the Virus checker and
the Norton Utilities Integrator all fail to launch. Symantec sent me some shortcuts
to bypass the usual menu launches. There is no sign of the promised Registry Editor
under NT even though I selected a full install. It is only available for Windows
95/98/ME. The background virus checker goes into a loop if you try to delete a file
containing a virus. Norton Ghost can’t see an ordinary
IDE (Integrated Development Environment) drive. In a Win98 machine with tight memory hundreds
of bugs surface. It deleted Office 2000 as if it were a virus in Windows 2000. The
user interface is better than ever, but this puppy needs some more beta test time
before letting it loose on the general public. It is a Good Thing™ LiveUpdate
does work. Norton may eventually fix these problems and automatically apply the
patches. I have reinstalled the utilities from scratch half a dozen times. Different
things go wrong each time. On the most recent reinstall it insisted on being
installed on C: even though I have two perfectly good
other partitions that all other installers see. It is like a broken down old car. I
am using NT. I have had similar problems using it with other people’s copies
under Windows 98 and Windows 2000.
This is frustrating. I would go back to the previous version, but I can’t.
The reason I bought Norton SystemWorks 2001 Pro was to replace my missing master
CD for the previous
version. I have not upgraded to 2005 Premier.
Read the scathing reviews at Amazon.com.
Under Symantec Web ⇒ Web
Services is an interesting feature called CNET Catch-up, which informs you of
any software you have installed, including non-Symantec software, which is out of
date and for which an update is available. It has a huge database of programs
including obscure operating system pieces, drivers and applications. It tells you the
prices of upgrades that are not free as well.
There is also an independent trio of products, Personal Firewall,
Internet Security and Internet Security Family edition for setting up a firewall,
blocking ads and blocking children from viewing material their parents find
offensive. These are outgrowths of the Atguard firewall and are well regarded.