Other Activation Problems
There are other problems listed, too:But many of the stories of unexplained and strange activation behavior do ring true because I saw it myself on my own computer, and Symantec never really explained what happened. I wouldnt be surprised if some people dont like the idea of copy protection and therefore figure they may as well invent the support problems they are sure exist as a result of it anyway. Im not buying into that. Very popular programs need copy protection these days because, well, they get copied. (I once wrote a copy protection system for the HP Series 200. It was more than 20 years ago, so the statute of limitations has run out and you can forgive me.) But if youre going to implement one, you have to make it work well, and Im convinced that Symantec has some more work to do. Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.
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- Your Symantec product prompts you to activate whenever your computer restartsThis problem is somewhat reminiscent of mine, in that it happened when I rebooted. But in my case, it only happened once. There are separate fixes for this problem for Norton 2004 and 2005 (2004 was the first year with activation), both in the form of programs you download and run.
- Error: "Buffer overrun detected! Symantec Shared\Djsactiv.exe " while activating your Symantec productThis problem is fixed by downloading a new version of a program involved in the activation process.
- How to enter your Proxy Server settings into the Symantec Activation WizardThis is an explanation of an advanced settings issue.
- Error messages that refer to A8 key or Invalid Product Key when attempting to activate a productThis is a rehash of the parental controls problem.
- Error: "Unable to connect to server ..." when trying to activate This problem is caused by either a firewall or a hosts file with inappropriate settings in it.
Now I have to say that I dont take all of the reader comments at face value. Feedback like this is basically anonymous, and I suspect that some folks figure they may as well make their case as strong as it can be. Read through the comments and make up your own minds.