In November of 1997, Symantec released the Norton Utilities 3.0 for Windows 95 and it was the definitely the top of the line in Symantec’s procession of Windows 95 utilities. (Version 3.0 was preceded by version 2.0 in 1996 and version 1.0 in 1995.) The improvements in version 3.0 included advanced problem-solving tools, disaster recovery and optimization features, a set of continuous detection and correction tools, as well as a host of helpful training videos (on the CD).
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Wonderful piece of crap. It was supposed to keep your computer in tip top condition. All it did was slow it down. If it was so good as some claim, why then did Norton kill it? Symantec lost their crown after this fiasco and new companies took up the number one position.
Yes a wonderful tool indeed. What a mess my computer would have been without that piece of software. It trapped several viruses on floppies from different sources. Whodathunk it would have evolved into the bloated, overpriced, system hog that's available today.
I certainly miss the Norton SystemWorks Professional package that Norton had for several years. That used to get you a package with Norton Utilities, anti-virus, and even a drive imaging program, all usually in the Staples ad for nothing after rebates.
My dad had a version of this for his loaner PC (one he got to take home from work) and we used to have all kinds of fun hiding files/folders and hacking certain games using the hex editor. It was probably the best tool put out by Symantec.
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