Norton SystemWorks 2002 in the test: From A for Antivirus to U for Utilities

Norton SystemWorks 2002 in the test: From A for Antivirus to U for Utilities

Norton Utilities


SpeedDisk is a powerful tool to optimize hard disks. In addition to the option to defragment a partition, it also offers more extensive options. It is able to move individual files or even entire directory structures that are frequently used at the beginning to the fast areas of a partition, and also to move data that are used less often to the slower areas. However, this option only achieves marginal performance gains on fast hard disks with large cache memories. The system, disk and WinDoctor as well as the UnErase wizard help find and correct problems.


8 The System Doctor continuously monitors selected areas of the system and displays them clearly in a small window. It sounds an alarm if any measured value deviates from its tolerance range. Many main memory,Hard drive, system and internet/network functions. However, if you own a system based on Windows NT or Windows 2000, you will also find most of these functions in the SystemMonitor.

Deliberately or accidentally deleted files can be restored with the UnErase wizard. The prerequisite for this, however, is that these files have been recorded by Norton Protection. Norton Protection records and saves files that have been deleted, but only for as long as there is enough hard disk space, after which the oldest files are overwritten. When restoring, you can search for file names, text contained in the files or file extensions.


While SpeedDisk tries to maintain the performance of a hard drive, DiskDoctor tries to track down errors. This includes checking the file allocation tables and even testing the physical surface of a hard drive. The user can determine the scope of the tests to be completed himself. If a problem is found, DiskDoctor tries to fix the problem. In addition, the user can have himself selected background music during the test.


As the name suggests, WinDoctor is concerned with the well-being of Windows. Unfortunately, its functionality is limited to the Windows 9x 'series' and is therefore unusable under Windows NT, 2000 and XP. It looks for problems in the registry database, the system files and with software components and tries to fix them. If problems are found, the user is able to choose which problems should be fixed and how.

AAnother interesting function is system information. This allows information on most of the hardware components installed in the system to be displayed. In the test computer, which has an AGP and a PCI graphics card, no information about the PCI graphics card could be called up.

Last but not least, the utilities also offer the option of the WipeInfo function Permanently delete files. The location in which the files were saved is overwritten with other values ​​as often as required. Restoring the data is thus made almost impossible.

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