[ISN] Norton Works in Your PC's Sewers

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Date: Fri Jan 29 1999 - 21:36:51 PST

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    January 25, 1999
    Norton Works in Your PC's Sewers
    Filed at 8:07 a.m. EST
    By The Associated Press
    Utilities programs do the everyday chores around your computer --
    sweeping, taking out the trash, making sure the electronic doors are
    That means checking for viruses, deleting useless files, and making
    information stored on the hard disk readily accessible.
    Windows 95 and 98 come with disk scanning and defragmenting utilities, and
    there are individual programs available to accomplish other chores. But if
    you want a one-stop problem-solver, check out Norton SystemWorks from
    Norton Utilities has been around for years, filling the user-friendliness
    gaps that Microsoft left in DOS, and later in Windows. This latest
    incarnation is a suite of programs that make life with a PC decidedly
    The package includes Norton Anti-Virus 5.0, Norton Utilities 3.0, Norton
    Crashguard 4.0 and Norton Cleansweep 4.5.
    Computer viruses are self-replicating programs that cause mischief and
    even physical damage. They travel on the Internet and on shared disks.
    Although often hyped, especially by companies that offer solutions, they
    are real; and if you spend a lot of time downloading Internet files, you
    should have protection.
    Norton Utilities includes several handy tools. There's an unerase
    function, a disk optimizer, a utility for cleaning up disk space, a
    crash-recovery and prevention module, and ``doctors'' for both Windows and
    the hard disk. 
    Crashguard offers a parachute when Windows practices its annoying habit of
    shutting down programs it deems to be operating illegally and losing your
    work in the process. With Crashguard running, you can terminate the
    application and save your work.
    The doctors diagnose and fix problems, keeping you informed in the
    process. Because Windows is so complex internally, installing and
    uninstalling plenty of software can cause a mess. A doctor usually can
    rescue you on its own; when it can't, it refers you to one that can.
    The Cleansweep utility tackles your hard drive and helps you remove
    unwanted cookies, plug-ins and outdated files. It also keeps track of
    everything that's installed to the drive so that it can be uninstalled
    properly and completely -- something Windows' add/remove programs and
    individual software installations sometimes don't do.
    One of the nicest features of the package for novices is a dictionary
    available in the Help file. It translates any highlighted term from
    Technobabble into English. If you can't distinguish UART from a Yugo,
    it'll be a friend indeed.
    The package also includes Norton Web Services, a site for software patches
    and product updates aimed at the business user. Patches are software fixes
    that update an original product shipped with a shortcoming. 
    System requirements for Norton SystemWorks are modest: 486/66 or higher
    processor, 16 megabytes of RAM, at least 105 megabytes of free hard disk
    space and Windows 95/98.
    Norton products are widely available at retail. The suggested price for
    SystemWorks is $69.95.
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