Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2006 review

£38
Price when reviewed

It’s not that SystemWorks is bad value as such, but it’s no longer a suite of top-class components. Add to this the system-resource suck, that system start and shutdown overhead, plus the skin-deep interface integration, and Norton SystemWorks 2006 feels more like a backward step than an essential upgrade – and certainly not a must-have for the first-time Norton buyer.

Symantec Norton SystemWorks 2006 review

If you’ve already invested in Norton Internet Security, SystemWorks is the obvious partner, but we’d still look elsewhere for system utilities.

Keeping the anti-virus component out of the argument, as there are perfectly good AV applications available for nothing (AVG, for example), Systweak Advanced System Optimizer (www.systweak.com) does a lot more (adding startup management, file encryption, drive/partition erasure, Registry and Internet optimisation) for a lot less – just £28 inc VAT.

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