SystemWorks Takes on PC Troubles

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-12-15 Print this article Print

Symantec's $69.95 Norton SystemWorks 2004 isn't a must-have, but it can still be useful for trouble-shooting systems.

Symantecs $69.95 Norton SystemWorks 2004 isnt a must-have, but it can still be useful for trouble-shooting systems.

Along with the classic disk and system management utilities, SystemWorks 2004 includes the CleanSweep program uninstaller, the Norton Goback system recovery tool, several Internet checkup tools and the new Norton AntiVirus 2004.

The only other new feature in SystemWorks 2004 is Norton Password Manager, a simple-to-use and secure utility for managing multiple passwords.

Also new in this version is the introduction of anti-piracy product activation. Given the hassles of product activation, especially in IT environments where system imaging and deployment tools are used, I believe that sticking with the similar previous version of SystemWorks might be a better option, unless a business really needs the new version of AntiVirus or password management.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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