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[7:30 AM]
MACWORLD Expo Wrap-up: From The Floor - Symantec Updates Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus
by John F. Braun
David Loomstein, Macintosh Unit Team Lead from Symantec, took some time during the Expo to brief us on the new features that will be introduced in Norton Utilities 5.0 and Norton AntiVirus 6.0.

The Norton Disk Doctor utility will feature Live Repair so that you can perform repairs on the startup disk. This is overdue since even the lowly Disk First Aid has been able to do this for a while.

A Live Update Feature, familiar to NAV (Norton Anti-Virus) users, will download and install the latest updates to any Norton Utilities component. Updates can even be scheduled.

The combination of Live Repair and Live Update means that you no longer need to boot off of the CD-ROM (which you couldn't update) to perform repairs on the startup disk. In addition, an Undo feature will allow you to back out of a repair if it makes things go from bad to worse.

There are also minor updates to the Speed Disk and UnErase utilities. A new interface will allow access to both Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus from the same screen. Support for FireWire (see our Spotlight on Orange Micro and FireWire) will also be included.

Norton AntiVirus 6.0 finally discards the antiquated XMODEM protocol used for virus definition updates, and now uses the FTP protocol. Virus scanning speeds will also get a boost, possibly as much as 20%.

Norton Utilities 5.0 will be priced at $99.95, with upgrade pricing of $49.95. Norton AntiVirus 6.0 will be priced at $69.95, with upgrade pricing of $29.95. Both products will be available in mid-August. Stay tuned for more in-depth information once we get to review the actual products.

Symantec has a web page for the beta version of Norton Anti Virus for the Mac.

For a look at all of our MACWORLD Expo coverage, check out our MACWORLD Expo Special Report.


LiveUpdate Can Be Performed Immediately or Scheduled

The New Interface Allows Access to All Components

Symantec



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