Symantec Readies Utilities for OS X

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Mac users will get a new operating system next year. But they'll already have system utilities in place that will run on Mac OS X.

The upgrades to Norton AntiVirus and Norton Utilities, announced by Symantec (800/441-7234, ) Wednesday, can run on a Mac OS X disk when launched from a Mac OS 9 partition or from the bootable compact disk that ships with both products. "We wanted to hit right after the (OS X) beta, so that (the upgrades) were in place before the final version," says David Loomstein, group product manager for Symantec's consumer products division.

In addition to Norton AntiVirus 7.0 and Norton Utilities 6.0, Symantec also unveiled a new system utilities suite, Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh. SystemWorks includes the new versions of AntiVirus and Utilities along with Aladdin Spring Cleaning and Dantz Retrospect Express. The suite sells for $130; users of AntiVirus, Utilities, Spring Cleaner, and Retrospect Express can upgrade for $80.

"People want one product, an all-in-one product," Loomstein says.

Utilities 6.0 sells for $100; existing users can upgrade for $50. AntiVirus 7.0 sells for $70 with a $40 upgrade charge. All three products announced Wednesday should be available in mid-November.

Besides the ability to run disk scans and repair files on Mac OS X hard disks, the latest version of AntiVirus continues to support OS 9. It also includes:

  • automatic scanning of e-mail attachments for viruses;
  • simplified preferences that let users quickly choose the level of protection;
  • an improved LiveUpdate that promises faster downloads, http and proxy support, and no restart after updating virus definitions;
  • a new virus definitions list;
  • access to AutoProtect from the control strip; and
  • a new repair-on-open feature.
  • Like AntiVirus 7.0, Utilities 6.0 offers continued OS 9 support while being able to repair OS X disks. Other features include:

  • a tool that scavenges old directories and rebuilds the catalogue tree to help recover lost data, even from disks that haven't been tracked by FileSaver;
  • the ability to customize optimization profiles for specific uses;
  • a tool that that deletes and rebuilds the desktop;
  • the ability to add files using Disk Doctor; and
  • Internet updates through LiveUpdate.
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