Pros Could not find any
Cons After 2 days of install it corrupted the system. Does not seem compatible with Norton System Works 2005
Summary I totally rebuilt my Win98SE on a Dell and installed System Works 2005 with Go Back. After a week of use one of the applications began to act flaky. I ran Norton Disk optimizer, only to get disk errors and in a loop with Norton Disk Doctor. I also lost the SVGA display adapter. Since system was beyond repair I built it from scratch again installing Norton. After 2 days, ran Norton Defrag only to get disk errors and loop with Disk Doctor. I had to disable Go Back to boot into a safemode (took 20 min to disable itself). After I disabled GO Back and rebooted, everything worked fine including the display adapter which was in 16 Color mode. Ran MS Scan Disk and MS Defrag without errors or problems on them same disk Norton reported errors. It has now been 2 weeks and no problems since I deinstalled Go Back. I have used Norton System Works for 5 years withour problem. Go Back will cause major problems with Win98Se!! Save yourself the aggrevation and not use it (evenif you bought System Works.
Pros effective and simple to use
Cons generally only a 2 to 3 day disk image held
Summary I have been using this program for years and am shocked that others are flaming it. It has worked flawlessly for me and save me major headaches many times. I would not dream of running a PC without it. Check out the new features in the current version. Safe Try Mode lets you experiment with new programs and settings on a virtual copy of your PC. If you like the new programs or settings you simply save them and they are installed on the PC. If you do not like the new program or settings then simply close Safe Mode and you are back to your PC the way it was before.
The only shortcoming of the program is that it reserves 10% of your hard drive for keeping the disk images. This gives you a 2 or 3 day revert window with multiple revert/safe points. If your hard drive is almost full this can be a problem, on the other hand, if you have a large hard drive and can spare the space I would suggest giving GB more drive space to give you a longer GoBack period.
Pros None that I can see
Cons Made XP Pro system unbootable; also killed my Win98SE machine
Summary After being a loyal Norton SystemWorks and GoBack 3.0 user for many years, I am extremely angry and disappointed with this Norton GoBack 4.0. After successfully installing SystemWorks 5 on my son's HP laptop, I loaded GoBack 4.0 and am now unable to even get to the GoBack screen much less to Windows. When trying to boot, I get an HP screen, then a black screen with a blinking underline cursor, which will accept no further input. Symantec support was extremely unhelpful (also true of HP support); only option they offered was to reformat c: drive losing all data. I believe the data is still there, since I believe GoBack simply modified/corrupted the master boot record with its disk overlay. I will consult with a friend who can use computer forensic tools to fix this problem that GoBack has caused, so I can hopefully recover all of my data that is likely still on the drive I can no longer access.
Similarly, I installed SystemWorks 5 on my father's Win98SE computer successfully; but after installing GoBack 4.0, it was no longer able to write to the c: drive. Any effort to fix the problem using Norton Utilities (Disk Doctor) resulted in an endless loop of restarts after completing 40-50%. Attempting to run Norton Speed Disk results in error that it cannot write to a specific Disk Sector, and it then begins to run Disk Doctor (in the endless loop mode). These errors persisted even after uninstalling GoBack and SystemWorks; I was only able to overcome the problems after deleting all references to Norton and Symantec from my "files and folders" search, and all references to Norton and Symantec in the registry. Not exactly what I expected from a mainstream computer utility that has received high praise for previous versions.
Bottom Line: SystemWorks seems to work fine, but use GoBack 4.0 at your own risk (risk that is quite considerable for losing access to your hard drive, if you search on Google to see how many others have had similar problems with this product!).
Pros Staples let me return the software with out hassle.
Cons After installation I was asked by GoBack to "Restart my computer." That was the last time my harddrive worked.
Summary DO NOT INSTALL. Symantec will take days to get back to you regarding the problems with GoBack. I had to purchase a new hard drive. They are aware of the flaws and should recall this software.
"Cannot recommend"on by mkleino
Pros It probably works, didn't actually test it
Cons Will run your drive into the ground, near impossible to uninstall
Summary I installed this product as part of the Norton SystemWorks 2005 suite. While I recommend the rest of the suite, I would advise against installing this particular part of it. First, when I tried to update it via LiveUpdate, everything seemed fine until I rebooted: first during the boot process I had to wait about a half hour for GoBack to get rid of its old file archive (even though it was brand-new), then in Windows I got a cryptic error message, and was told that GoBack would be reactivated (it was supposed to have just finished uninstalling the old version). Finally, after another restart, I was informed that I would have to uninstall and reinstall Norton Antivirus (which I determined to be because of the GoBack update attempt).
These problems wouldn't have bothered me that much, though, if it weren't for three other factors: 1) the reason I decided to scrap GoBack, it kept accessing my hard drive... now that's fine if you know you're going to replace your computer in a couple of years, but if you plan on keeping it around for a while, this is just running your hard drive into the ground. I should know: I just had my laptop's hard drive die on me because I had it working over time indexing my hard drive with one of those desktop search programs. Another reason not to use GoBack is 2) it's near impossible to uninstall. It kept freezing during the "eliminating archive" (or whatever it was called) period during bootup, and ultimately I had to go to Symantec's website and track down a tool to use from a boot disk before I could uninstall it. This kind of unreliability does not give me faith in this product. Neither does the fact that 3) 80% of most of the user reviews I've read online have given this product negative reviews for basically screwing their computers up in one way or another. I wish I had researched it beyond just taking PC Magazine's word on it before I installed GoBack. Norton Utilities (in SystemWorks) has a built-in deleted-file protection program already, so between that and Windows System Restore, your system settings and documents should be relatively safe. SystemWorks 2005 is a decent product (if a bit confusing to use at times), just don't install GoBack.