Pros If you do not need it, it works great.
Cons Great pretender using a once great name, Norton.
Summary Got hit twice, with the virus scan updated and running. Once was a trojan and the other was something that changed the boot record of the HDD so that when I booted the HDD was unusable.
Norton did find the change to the boot record, after the fact, during a weekly scan but did not properly repair the challenge and could have made it worse. I do not really know if there was a real problem or if Norton just reported a problem and then made the drive unbootable when Norton supposedly repaired the boot record. After the repair to the boot record I lost my entire C: drive and all the data. None of the Norton utilities in System Works could repair the change that the virus scan made to the boot record supposedly repairing it.
I originally purchase Norton to use trying to repair a failing HDD because of the name and the HDD utilities that I remembered from long ago. The Norton utilities could get no data from the HDD and the HDD was unreadable in windows or MS-DOS but when I loaded the HDD installation disk and Caldera DOS I found that Caldera DOS and the DIR command could find data where Norton could not. I was able to salvage data from a failing HDD using Caldera DOS and the COPY command to move some data to another HDD. Norton DOS utilities were buried on the CD and very difficult to locate and once found did not accomplish anything useful.
I used to use Mcafee and never got hit with a virus, trojan or worm for years and years. I bought Norton System Works because I had a failed HDD that I was hoping Norton Disk Doctor would help with. Not only did none of the Norton Utilities get any data off the failing HDD over the next year I was hit with a trojan and something else that is yet to be identified.
Norton is a well-known name of long ago that used to be associated with great utilities that could delve into a HDD when nothing else could. No longer.
Pros Great when it works
Cons Has corrupted my system. Can no longer uninstall the product no matter what i do. Symclean and manual uninstall do not work. Has also corrupted my Windows Update. I must gather the courage to re-install XP. Symantec refuses to provide utility to completel
Pros Won't install in my XP system, keeps coming up code 12 and trashes my windows script file.
Cons Won't install in my XP system, keeps coming up code 12 and trashes my windows script file. Automated on-line support ineffective, refuse to pay for phone support, already got ripped off by buying product.
Pros Not intrusive through computer usage, has a lot of useful options, does what its suppose to do
Cons Some options are not needed, would be better if it included a firewall as well and some features from internet security
Summary The program works as it should, if your computer has absolutely no protections, this programs the way to go. As for firewall usage, i just stick to Windows Firewall which isn't the greatest but at least its some protection. I run virus scan about every week and fix any problems. its does it fast and it works.
Cons The antivirus program wouldn't install properly under W/XP or WME. Get 2004 but not 2003. Norton, you done wrong!