This review and the features pertain to the Standard Edition.
- One Button Checkup--This
feature provides a quick and easy way to identify and fix the most
troublesome problems that degrade system performance. Accessed from
the main page of
Norton SystemWorks 2001 and the scheduler, One button Checkup scans
for registry corruption, fragmentation levels, up-to-date virus protection,
low disk space, and more
- Symantec Security Analyzer--The
analyzer is a Web-based tool that evaluates the Internet security
of a PC--and offers options on how to eliminate vulnerabilities. The
Symantec Security Analyzer scans for susceptibility to hackers, risk
of infection by a computer virus, loss of personal information and
inadvertent access to inappropriate material. Reports explain the
security threats and offer options on how to eliminate the vulnerabilities.
- Centralized Help--The
program unifies the Help files from each component application, creating
one centralized resource that is cross-referenced and indexed. No
matter which component program is open, Norton SystemWorks 2001 finds
all related features and problem fixes.
feature is smarter and faster. The most advanced updating technology
now automatically detects an open Internet connection, then automatically
checks for, retrieves and installs the latest-available virus definitions.
This automated approach takes the work out of protecting against new
virus threats. It ensures continuous protection, even when new, fast-spreading
viruses attack--including all-important virus definitions. Performance
improvements also increase the speed with which users obtain updates
via the Internet by up to 10 times--especially important for users
with always-on broadband connections that increase exposure to malicious
code such as worms.
- Symantec Web Partners--Web
Partners offers users easy access to online services that help solve
PC problems. The partners complement Norton SystemWorks 2001 with
Internet-based file backup from Xdrive.com, using a Windows plug-in
utility; extended warranty coverage for hard drives and other hardware,
from PromiseMark; live, on-screen assistance from expertcity.com,
from technical support experts able to see and control the user's
mouse and keyboard. Access to these third-party services is seamless,
directly from the suite's user interface.
- Norton Web Services--This
feature harnesses the power of the Internet to locate and install
hardware drivers and software updates, and is now free. It's also
now powered by ZDNet Updates.
- Fast & Safe Cleanup--Built
into earlier versions of Norton SystemWorks, Norton CleanSweep introduced
Fast & Safe Cleanup. With this new version, you can run Fast &
Safe Cleanup from the CD-ROM. Fast & Safe Cleanup quickly finds
and deletes clutter that is safe to remove any time more disk space
is needed. Fast & Safe Cleanup instantly removes files in the
Windows Recycle Bin, lost cluster files and, especially, Internet
"build up"--cached files and history lists. Fast
& Safe Cleanup shows users how much space may be freed; one click
and the space becomes available. Users may also schedule Fast &
Safe Cleanup to run at specified intervals, automatically.
- SmartScan--Norton AntiVirus
2001, built into Norton SystemWorks 2001, introduces SmartScan. SmartScan
improves file-scanning performance and minimizes the impact on overall
system performance of constant background monitoring for viruses.
SmartScan determines what files contain executable code--even if the
file is renamed to mask the code. SmartScan then scans only these
files, since only files with executable code may carry a virus. With
this intelligent approach to file scanning, users no longer need to
scan all files on the system. This approach also enhances security
for those users that elect to scan only program files and documents.
Since SmartScan looks into every file to determine whether executable
code is present, files that might contain viruses cannot escape the
Installation. The process is fast
Norton SystemWorks 2001. Norton
Systemworks includes the following elements:
1. Norton Utilities 2001.
What It Does--Norton Utilities is an integrated suite of programs
that can help you find and fix computer problems, improve your computer's
performance, perform preventative maintenance
tasks, and troubleshoot your system. It keeps your computer in good
condition, warns you of potential problems before they become apparent,
minimizes your down time when something goes wrong, helps you to recover
lost data, and provides the information you need when installing new
hardware or software.
What It Includes--Norton Utilities 2001 includes:
- Disk Editor--Lets you view and edit files and disk areas.
This DOS program is an advanced sector editing tool that can be used
to find and edit files, directories, the partition table, the boot
record, and the File Allocation Table (FAT).
- Image--Takes a "snapshot" of a disk's critical
file information, a process called imaging. UnErase Wizard and Unformat
(a DOS program) use the image to restore deleted files or directories
and rebuild deleted folders if you accidentally format or seriously
damage a disk.
- LiveUpdate--Makes it easy to keep Norton Utilities and your
virus definitions up-to-date by using your computer's modem or Internet
connection to download updates directly from Symantec.
- Norton Diagnostics--Give your computer hardware a comprehensive
test with Norton Diagnostics. Norton Diagnostics tests your system
board, memory, Cd-ROM drive, serial ports, modem, printer, keyboard,
sound card, video, and more.
- Norton Disk Doctor--Diagnoses and repairs a variety of disk
problems. It performs several tests, checking everything from the
disk's partition table to its physical surface.
- Norton File Compare--Lets you compare different versions
of a text file, see what changed between versions, and selectively
undo changes. You can use it to compare any two text files, including
initialization (.INI) files, program source code files, and even HTML
files designed for viewing on the World Wide Web. A statistics window
indicates how many lines have been added, moved, or deleted from the
older version of the file.
- Norton Optimization Wizard--Improves your computer's performance
by optimizing several critical elements of Windows. It optimizes your
swap file size, enables Norton SpeedStart to optimize application
loading, and reorganizes Windows registry data for efficient storage
- Norton Protection--Enhances the Windows Recycle Bin, protecting
deleted files. UnErase Wizard lets you recover the protected files.
- Norton Registry Editor--Helps you navigate, edit, and back
up the Windows registry. The registry is the centralized database
used by Windows to store configuration information, including settings
for system hardware, software, and network applications.
- Norton Registry Tracker--Records information about changes
made to your registry and .INI files, including when changes were
made and what application made the changes. It lets you restore tracked
items to their former state with the Quick Fix and Restore features.
- Norton SpeedStart--Optimizes the application loading process.
Enabled from Norton Optimization Wizard, Norton SpeedStart tracks
how applications load into memory. The next time you start an application,
it loads noticeably faster.
- Norton System Check--Gives you all the power of Norton Utilities
with one click. It not only finds problems, it also suggests how to
fix them. You can run Norton System Check manually, or except on Windows
95, schedule it to perform periodic maintenance on your computer.
- Norton Speed Disk--Optimizes your drives by defragmenting
the files and free space on your disks to make file storage and retrieval
- Norton System Doctor--Continuously monitors your system in
the background to keep it free of problems and running at peak efficiency.
Its sensors can alert you immediately when conditions require attention,
recommend corrective actions, and even fix many problems automatically,
without interrupting your work.
- Norton WinDoctor--Diagnoses and repairs the most common types
of Windows problems, keeping Windows running at peak efficiency. By
fixing errors that might otherwise lead to data loss, Norton WinDoctor
also protects your work.
- System Information--Gives you detailed information about
your computer, the peripherals, keyboard, mouse, printers, and multimedia
devices attached to your computer, and your computer's Internet and
- UnErase Wizard--Helps you recover deleted files that are
protected by Norton protection, the standard Windows Recycle Bin,
or Novell's Salvage (for recovery of files on a network).
- Wipeinfo--Removes all traces of selected files or folders
from your disk. It can also wipe the free space on your disk, ensuring
that previously deleted information is not left on your disk.
2. Norton AntiVirus 2001.
What It Does--Norton AntiVirus 2001 safeguards your computer
from virus infection, no matter what the source. You are protected
from viruses that spread from hard drives and floppy disks, those
that travel across networks, and even those that are downloaded from
the Internet. It protects your computer in the following ways: (1)
eliminates viruses and repairs files; (2) makes sure your computer
is safe from viruses at startup; (3) checks for viruses every time
you use programs on your computer, floppy disks, and document files
that you receive or create; (4) checks for viruses in email attachments
each time you receive
email from the Internet; (5) monitors your computer for any unusual
activities that may indicate an active virus; (6) runs a scheduled
scan automatically once per week to confirm that your hard drives
are virus-free. Even files within compressed files are scanned; (7)
provides complete protection from Internet-borne viruses. No separate
programs or Norton AntiVirus options changes are necessary. Auto-Protect
scans program and document files automatically as they are downloaded;
(8) when Automatic LiveUpdate is enabled, Norton AntiVirus checks
for, and installs, updated virus protection when you are connected
to the Internet.
3. Norton CleanSweep 2001.
What It Does--Norton CleanSweep provides many features that
let you free up disk space
and manage the programs installed on your system.
What It Includes--Norton CleanSweep includes:
- Uninstall Wizard--CleanSweep safely removes programs from
your system. CleanSweep's Smart Sweep also monitors program installation
for the safest and most complete removal. Its application database
includes information on over 1000 programs so CleanSweep can safely
remove them even if their installation has not been monitored.
- Fast & Safe Cleanup--Fast & Safe Cleanup finds and
deletes specific file types that are safe to remove, such as temporary
files, Internet browser cache files, and the files in the Windows
Recycle Bin. You can use Fast & Safe Cleanup any time to free
hard drive space instantly, and on a regular schedule to keep your
disk free of clutter. Fast & Safe Cleanup will only delete files
that are safe to remove, so you need not be concerned about accidentally
- Restore Wizard--The Restore Wizard uses a CleanSweep backup
file to restore programs or files to their original states. You might
want to restore a program if you uninstall, archive, or back up a
program and later decide that you want it back. You also use the Restore
Wizard as the final step in transporting a program to another computer.
- Internet Uninstall--Plug-ins and ActiveX controls are programs
that add functionality to your browser, such as support for special
video and audio effects. Use Norton CleanSweep's Internet Uninstall
to remove plug-ins and ActiveX controls monitored by Internet Sweep.
Use Plug-in Cleanup and ActiveX Cleanup for plug-ins and ActiveX controls
not monitored by Internet Sweep.
- Internet Cache Cleanup--Norton CleanSweep's Internet Cache
Cleanup is a fast way to free valuable disk space instantly. It is
a good idea to clean your Internet cache files frequently if you use
the Internet and online services often. The deleted cache information
will reload automatically from the Web.
- Cookie Cleanup--Some Web sites place small data files, called
cookies on your computer. Web sites use the information stored in
cookies in many ways, such as personalizing the site contents for
you. Visiting a Web site even once can leave a cookie behind. You
can remove cookies you no longer need to free wasted disk space.
- Plug-in Cleanup and ActiveX Cleanup--Plug-in Cleanup and
ActiveX Cleanup allow you to remove plug-ins and ActiveX controls
not monitored by Internet Sweep.
- Archive Wizard--The Archive Wizard compresses infrequently
used programs to save space on your hard drive. The Archive Wizard
uninstalls the program but saves a copy of the program's files and
configuration information in a compressed format.
- Backup Wizard--The Backup Wizard creates a single, compressed
backup file of a program for use as a reserve in the event that you
ever need to restore the program. Unlike the Archive Wizard, the Backup
Wizard leaves all of the original files and configuration information
- Move Wizard--The Move Wizard moves a program to another drive
or folder on the same computer.
- Transport Wizard--The Transport Wizard transports a program
file to a disk or other storage medium. Use this wizard to transport
a program to another computer.
- Registry Sweep--The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database
composed of keys and values that store configuration information about
your computer and user settings. Registry Sweep cleans and optimizes
the Windows Registry by eliminating invalid entries.
- Duplicate File Finder--Finds duplicate copies of files by
name and size, or by criteria that you specify. Duplicate files may
be created when the same program is installed into different folders
or directories, or when files are copied from one location to another.
You may have edited a file in one folder and saved the updated version
to another folder.
- Redundant DLL Finder--Use the Redundant DLL Finder to locate
and remove duplicate Dynamic Link Library (DLL) or Visual Basic Extension
(VBX) files. DLL and VBX files can contain program code or other kinds
of resources such as icons, bitmaps, controls, and dialogs, and can
be used by one or more programs. Some products do not check your system
for existing copies of common DLLs, and may install yet another copy.
Therefore, you may have multiple copies of the same file taking up
space on your hard drive.
- Unused File Type Finder--Finds types of files that are typically
unused, such as screen savers, backup files, or fonts. Use the Unused
file Type feature to select files in categories that CleanSweep already
knows, or create your own file categories and add the to CleanSweep's
- Orphan Finder--Find files related to applications that are
no longer installed on your computer. CleanSweep considers a program
an orphan file if it is not on the Start menu. An orphan file could
also be a program that is not associated with or attached to the Windows
shell. You can also use this Finder to locate and reconnect shortcuts
to the programs from which they are orphaned.
- Safe Cleanup--CleanSweep provides the safest cleanup. The
Norton Safe lets you denote specific file types (for example .doc
and .xls), which when deleted will go into the Norton Safe, rather
than the Recycle Bin. Safety Sweep prevents the Cleanup Finders from
deleting any files that have been marked for protection. It also automatically
backs up items it deletes. CleanSweep contains a list of files that
are protected against deletion.
4. Norton Web Services
What It Does--Norton Web Services now comes free with Norton
SystemWorks 2001. It's also now powered by ZDNet Updates. Also, access
to Norton Web Services is built in from a button in the Symantec Web
Page. Norton Web Services is a special site designed to help keep
a PC up to date and operating at peak performance. It harnesses the
power of the Internet to locate and install hardware drivers and software
may set up a personalized list of software and hardware to track.
Its features includes: (1) scanning, analyzing and recommending updates
for applications, games, drivers and more; (2) alerting users to available
software upgrades; (3) benchmarking hardware performance; (4) analyzing
system security while online; (5) determining if the system is ready
to upgrade to Windows 2000.
5. Symantec Web Partners
What It Does--Norton SystemWorks 2001 introduces Symantec
Web Partners, providing users easy access to online services that
help solve PC problems. Access to these third-party services is seamless,
directly from the Symantec Web page.