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I used 2002 and 2003 with no problems and have been happy with it. Today I went out a purchased 2004 and it all began with registration problems. I ended up having to manually do it over the phone to get it activated.

After installation, everything seemed fine until I tried running the program. It won't open at all. I defragged, uninstalled and re-installed numerous times, but it wouldn't run at all. I even tried running live update and keep getting error messages. I do some googling and find out that Norton Systemworks 2004 has some really bad reviews for this reason as well as support being almost non-existant.

Does anyone currently use this software and either have no problems or had something similar and know of a workaround? In any event, I hope this helps for those of you considering purchasing this - so far $80 has gotten me nothing yet...and I've spent more than 4 hours trying to get this thing to work.
 

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Symantec sucks for support. Their products are allegedly compatible with WinXP SP1 and SP2, but don't bet on it. I don't even like the 2002 or 2003 versions of SystemWorks. I had nothing but problems with it. The only thing I use is Anti-Virus 2003, I don't even load Norton Utilities anymore. Don't rely on the Anti-Virus by itself, it misses a few things that other AV programs don't. :thumbsdow

I specifically did not get any of the 2004 versions because of the registration requirement. There are registration workarounds that can be downloaded, but they don't help with functionality.

I hate to say it, but box it up and put it on eBay. It's $80 too late for you, but going price seems to be around $40. You could try to get a refund, but opened software is a PITA to return (unless it's defective).
 

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I haven't tried system works because of problems I have had with norton anti-virus professional. I went with the antivirus software from grisoft and it catches things that norton missed (it has saved me more than once from viruses). Also zone alarm pro is the firewall I use. The problem I had with norton is that there were some software conflicts (or so it seems) with other stuff I had installed. I had to many problems with my computer that seemed to resolve after I uninstalled Norton. Seeing Norton came with two licenses I do run it on my other computer (that doesn't have half the programs on my main computer) - but after my subscription runs out for updates, I'm not renewing it.
 

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Thanks for the feedback guys - I've already uninstalled it and removed all traces of it from my registry. I also found out that it could be returned to Norton directly but will take 6-8 weeks. I'm doing it anyway. I used to use Pc-cillin and Mcafee in the past; I'll be looking at those other options again.

I have also used system mechanic utility-wise and have never had a problem with that one so I'll be giving that another shot again.
 

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I now use Mcafee, because Norton took so damn long to load when my computer started up. It would almost hang up, and took about a minute before you could do anything. No more Norton for me. McAfee works great.
 

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Guys I use a free virus protection called AVG from Grisoft http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/ This works as well as every payed program I've tried. I've been using it for 3 years and love it. It updates automatically (you schedule it ) or manually, your choice. Then I use Zonelabs Zone-alarm for my firewall. They have a free firewall that many of my friends use and they swear by it. I use the payed version and it has protected me many times when surfing. http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp
Anyway you might check 'em out as the price is right.
 

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Norton is WORTHLESS :rant:

I originally had it installed in my computer and had all kinds of goofy problems with my computer , which seemed to say "I HAVE A VIRUS".

I dumped the Norton GARBAGE , installed Mcafee and 8 !!!!! viruses where in the computer , as well as several unwanted Adware programs.

Norton found NONE of these , granted it isn't designed to pick out unwanted Adware, BUT 8 UNFOUND VIRUSES ??????????

JUST SAY NO TO Norton. :rant:
 

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Norton is WORTHLESS :rant:

I originally had it installed in my computer and had all kinds of goofy problems with my computer , which seemed to say "I HAVE A VIRUS".

I dumped the Norton GARBAGE , installed Mcafee and 8 !!!!! viruses where in the computer , as well as several unwanted Adware programs.

Norton found NONE of these , granted it isn't designed to pick out unwanted Adware, BUT 8 UNFOUND VIRUSES ??????????

JUST SAY NO TO Norton. :rant:
I have had the same problems with my gaming system after I installed Norton. My gaming system keeps shutting down and having errors. You say you installed Mcafee and had nooooo problems?
 

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Yep , no problems after Mcafee was installed and the offending viruses and Adware were removed.

Mcafee automatically cleans (deletes) the viruses. The Adware must be manually removed by you,because they are attached to programs that you may wish to keep.

You can download Mcafee for free or if you pay $29.99 a year you can download the current version and they automatically send updates as new viruses come on the scene.
 
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