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161. Webroot Spy Sweeper
$44.99 $37.00 list($59.99)
162. Stomp Backup My PC 5 Deluxe
$429.99 $399.99 list($779.99)
163. Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 Personal
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164. 123 Copy DVD Plus
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165. Datapilot Cell Phone Data Transfer
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166. IBM VIAVOICE Advanced 10.0
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167. Norton AntiSpam 2005 Office Pack
$89.99 $79.88
168. Internet Security Barrier Antispam
$92.99 $89.88 list($129.99)
169. Retrospect 6.5 Professional
$159.99 $99.99 list($189.99)
170. IBM ViaVoice Pro USB Edition
$29.99 list($39.99)
171. Webroot Windows Washer 5.x
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172. SecurErase 8: Permanently Erase
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173. Documents To Go Total Office 7.0
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174. INTEGO VirusBarrier X 10.0 ( Macintosh
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175. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds
$89.99
176. ALSOFTDisk Warrior
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177. Norton Systemworks 2005 Premier
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178. Microsoft Voice Command for Pocket
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179. Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 (Mac)
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180. Norton SystemWorks 2003 Pro

161. Webroot Spy Sweeper
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B000070MR0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Webroot Software
Sales Rank: 1516
Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Spy Sweeper is The Best Antispyware You Can Buy
My Top Five Rated Anti-spywares:

1) Spy Sweeper v2.6 or 3.0 by Webroot Software *
2) Ad-Aware by Lavasoft v6.0 (paid full versions) *
3) Ad-Aware by Lavasoft v6.0 (free version)
4) Spybot Search & Destroy v1.3 (free, donation-ware) by Safer-Networking-org
5) McAfee Antispyware 2005 v1.0 * ( newly released but already highly rated and moving up fast)

* - These antispywares use real time scanning of system memory to detect spyware before it invades your system.

I have used all the above Antispyware and at this point in time Spy Sweeper seems to do the best job at detecting and removing Spyware/Adware/Tracking cookies and it has the most extensive set of options. The interface is simple and effective and allows you to customize it exactly to your needs. Choose to protect your Internet Explorer 6 browser homepage from adware changes, block tracking cookies, schedule system scans, enable automatic detections updates, allow it to ignore detecting friendly softwares or automatically delete malware. You can even highlight the discovered spyware and click on an information link which connects to Webroot's spyware database to tell you more details about each of the bad software pests that were detected on your computer. I have found Spy Sweeper to detect more spyware and more spyware traces left on your system than any of the others I have tried. After running Ad-Aware and Spybot S&D and even deleting the spyware they found from my computer Spy Sweeper still was able to detect numerous pests and traces of them left behind that the others missed. The only drawback is that Spy Sweeper takes much longer to do a complete scan of your entire system than the others but it does to do a better job scanning and detecting.

I found Spy Sweeper to have very little negative impact on my overall system speed or performance. On my a Pentium 3, 1Ghz notebook computer I am using a combination of Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware (free version), SpySweeper, and McAfee Antispyware 2005, McAfee Antivirus 2004, and Zone Alarm Pro 4.5 firewall all at the same time with the McAfee Antispyware and Spy Sweeper programs both scanning system memory and executable programs in real-time for spyware. The McAfee Antispyware program is brand new and with its current release version 1.0 does not detect tracking cookies. However, I really like the McAfee program's simple interface, its auto-updating features and its seamless integration with McAfee Antivirus 2004 and the McAfee Security Center. The McAfee Antispyware also works great as a stand alone antispyware product when coupled with any other company's antivirus software. Although at the time of this review the other antispyware programs do in fact seem to have somewhat better detection rates for the more common spywares, adwares & tracking cookies, during a recent scan of my notebook computer the McAfee Antispyware 2005 was able to detect and completely remove one very bad piece of spyware/adware that all of the other programs had completely missed.

Spybot S&D is an excellent free program (donation-ware). It is in fact rated #1 by many top security software experts and it has some very nice customizable features such as its "immunize" and "teatimer" settings which protect spyware from making changes to your computer registry or system settings. You could disagree about which is the best of the free spyware programs. Spybot S&D has an edge in preventing spyware infestations with its array of customizable features and its ability to warn you of potential weaknesses in your system security but Ad-Aware provides more frequent updates and seems to do a slightly better job at detecting spyware and adware during its full system scans. Since both Spybot and Ad-Aware (free version) are completely free you should download and use both of them. If you really like the free version of Ad-Aware you might consider purchasing one of the more complete Ad-Aware paid for full featured versions (Ad-Aware Plus or the most advanced Ad-Aware Pro) which include automatic updating and real time scanning.

This was a very close race among the top five and each one of these highly rated antispyware programs can be very effective in preventing various forms of spyware from infecting your computer but at this point in time I have to give five stars and the winning trophy for the best stand alone antispyware program to Webroot's Spy Sweeper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest software ever!
My computer was a disaster riddled with spyware. Probably because of Kazaa. I thought it was a simple virus which I found with Norton, and until now I had never heard of spyware. My computer still was slow as heck and barely moving on the internet after the virus was quarantined. I thought the computer was toast.

But I did some research and decided to take a chance on Spy Sweeper. For $30 it was a lot cheaper than a new computer or an expensive tech repair. To my astonishment, the program found 103 cookies? in about 10 minutes, and in another 15 minutes, and after rebooting, my PC was good as new.

As long as it continues to sweep, Spy Sweeper rules!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
So far this product has worked very well and seems to have done it's job for the most part. After buying PC Cillin Internet Security 2004(very good also), I still had some issues that remained unresolved. A trojan horse virus and tons of spy and adware along with a host of other "trash" was still comandeering my machine. The PC Cillin removed the lot of and still protects my machine, however Spy Sweeper was the icing on the cake. This program, once installed detected just about every removable piece of "ware" on my machine and only hiccuped once. I've ran it several times and each time it finds at least one more hidden item.
The only two scares I had were 1) on initial install, it seemed to want to install itself twice. Either way, the program was successful in doing that. 2) I had that nasty Gain/Gator spy/ad ware on my machine and it attached itself to my clock. Sweeper got extremely bogged down and appeared to lock up my machine when it located this one. Rather than freak out and slam the product, I waited about 15 minutes while it worked it's way through that mess. The initial scan took over 1 1/2, however when it was complete, Sweeper found over 2500 pieces of internet garbage and quarantined them. My machine is now running around 95% of it's original efficiency after the installation of these two products and the net is also much faster. I'm no guru, but I do my homework before buying anything. Many hours were spent researching this product and it's compatibility with PC Cillin and other programs I've installed. Thumbs up guys. If you can ever find us the person responsible for the spy/ad garbage, let me know...I want his head for a door knocker.

2-0 out of 5 stars Slow on the Computer & Even Slower Support
It does slow up the computer even in the low priority mode. Their support people I do not think exist as I have written twice with no response. I know it is a "cheap" program but when they offer support I expect them to give it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Did not get the job done
I bought two licenses of Spy Sweeper for my two computers. On my Windows 2000 box, Spy Sweeper found lots of stuff, so I told it to remove everything it found. The software needed a reboot to remove one thing, so I rebooted. When the computer came back up, I could not connect to the Internet. I e-mailed Webroot support. That was a week ago. I have not gotten a reply. I e-mailed the symptoms of the problem to Dell, and they diagnosed the problem as TCP/IP registry corruption. Maybe that wasn't Spy Sweeper, but it does a lot with the registry. I ran Spy Sweeper on my daughter's computer as well, and, again it found lots of stuff, which I removed. However, the main spyware/adware that caused me to buy Spy Sweeper was Adtomi, which I had been unable to eradicate (it manages to keep getting itself into startup areas). Spy Sweeper was not successful in getting rid of it either. I will be testing out Webroot's 30-day money-back guarantee policy tomorrow. ... Read more


162. Stomp Backup My PC 5 Deluxe
list price: $59.99
our price: $44.99
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Asin: B0001DYU9S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Stomp Inc
Sales Rank: 1186
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful yet easy-to-use data protection and disaster recovery solution
  • Protection for a single computer or peer-to-peer network
  • Schedule automatic backups of important files or the entire computer
  • Backs up to recordable CD/DVD, tape, zip, and other removable media drives
  • Dramatic data compression; encrypt backups with password protection

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Terrible technical support
On my XP Dell laptop this product would not start. I got an error message which was conveyed to Stomp by e-mail for their advice. They responded promptly. I followed their instructions to the letter... copy all the .dll files into the main folder, and leaving the original .dll files in their original location. This did not work...same error message. (This problem must be common because it is addressed extensively in FAQ). I also uninstalled and reinstalled, etc. to no avail. I followed up with another e-mail. Their response was then that the problem was being worked on. After a couple of weeks I checked and found my request closed without my knowledge. I made a second identical request, to no avail. They just closed their file without any acknowledgement to me. Nothing... no explanation or apology... nothing. Now I have a piece of software which is useless to me. I know it works great on 98se machines, but question XP. Would appreciate help if someone knows the answer.

3-0 out of 5 stars Works ok, But
I was never able to fully restore. The only thing that really worked was to re-install XP and then do the recovery from there.

The results then work ok as long as I never use any of the driver options, including the "recommended".

All in all, better than Ghost, but not by very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy Automated Backup
There are wizards that guide you through backing up an entire drive, just important files, or making a "disaster recovery" backup in case your hard disk crashes and you can't boot.

Once you've defined a "backup set" that includes which files to back up and whether you want to back up all files or just changed files ("full" backup versus "incremental" or "differential" backups), you can select a set from a drop down menu and hit one button to back up. Just two steps to a frequently-run canned backup.

For example: I have two sets, one called "Photoshop Full" and another called "Photoshop Incremental." I run "Photoshop Full" once a month or so to back up all my digital photography hobby work. That takes about an hour to run. Every night, I run "Photoshop Incremental" to back up just the files I've worked on that day, which takes about 2 minutes. I just select which set I want from the drop down, load the media, and press a button. That's it!

It supports CD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R. These are the formats I've tried; it supports many more optical formats, plus tape drives and external hard disks.

Compression is supported, as is hardware compression if your device supports it. Many SCSI tape drives do.

Backups can be scheduled to run at pre-determined times. You can have a backup run at 2am, for example. Do make sure you load media with sufficient space before you go to bed.

Restore is also painless: you can quickly restore the latest version of any backed up file, or you can choose which version of the file you want to back up. So, if you mess up a document beyond recovery, for example, you can restore yesterday's or last month's version.

On the negative side, the backup MUST be restored with this program. It doesn't write regular files that you can just copy off the backup media back to your hard disk. And, backups can only span up to 32 pieces of media, regardless of the media capacity. That's about 150GB for DVD+RW, or 23GB for CD-R. If you have more data than that, you cannot do "whole disk" backups; you must choose smaller file sub-sets to back up.

Disaster Recovery REQUIRES a floppy disk drive. I don't have one. It won't create a bootable recovery CD, as far as I can tell.

The GUI could be a little more dressy too, but I'm nitpicking here.

No more excuses for not backing up! Set up your most frequent backups as backup sets, then enjoy two-click or scheduled, unattended backups. ... Read more


163. Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 Personal Edition
list price: $779.99
our price: $429.99
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Asin: B00004S85Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4835
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe Acrobat Capture 3.0 is a professional production tool that teams with your scanner to convert volumes of paper documents into searchable Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Accurate OCR, advanced page and content recognition, and powerful cleanup tools let you turn all your important paper-based information into high-quality electronic documents ready for publication via the Web, intranets, extranets, CD-ROM, and more. Sophisticated productivity features streamlined processing from start to finish, so you can get your jobs done efficiently. ... Read more


164. 123 Copy DVD Plus
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002FG1QA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: CSDC
Sales Rank: 4862
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor Product didn't do episodic discs
This product sucks it failed to work with my episodic disc collection. Couldn't get any support either, went to there website fired off a mail and never got a reply. WASTE OF MONEY! ... Read more


165. Datapilot Cell Phone Data Transfer Suite Sanyo Usb
list price: $69.95
our price: $25.99
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Asin: B00009MJMJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Susteen
Sales Rank: 2584
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Features

  • Import crucial data from a PC or handheld to your cellular phone, or vice versa
  • Create, edit, share and transfer contact information on the go, or at home
  • Also lets you use a celphone as a wireless modem, so you can check your email or go online anywhere
  • Integrates easily with Outlook, Outlook Express, ACT! and many Palm software tools
  • Compatible with over multiple Sanyo cell phone models

166. IBM VIAVOICE Advanced 10.0
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000A58IW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 1543
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Feature-rich voice recognition product for experienced PC users
  • Surf the Web with voice activated linkage; create e-mails
  • Transcription support for digital handheld recorders
  • Portable navigation macros; dictate into many PC applications
  • Noise-canceling headset microphone included

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good recognition, but very unstable program
This is my first experience with dictation software, so I don't have anything to compare it to. All I can do is offer observations of how it has worked for me.

Training this software takes quite a long time; a few hours if you want to get maximum performance. I actually wouldn't mind so much, except that you need to retrain it every time you buy a new microphone or work in an environment with a different sound level. For me, this has meant having to train the software several times. Reading the provided material so the software can sample your voice is actually kind of fun, but after you've done it a few times, it is exceptionally tedious.

The headphones which come with the software are adequate, but I've heard you can get better recognition with a higher quality set.

My biggest complaint about the software is that it consumes a tremendous amount of system resources on your computer. I can not be running any other programs at the same time, or it crashes. I am using a computer with a 1.40 GHz Centrino processor with 512MB of RAM. Even when I am running only IBM ViaVoice and MS Word, I clearly run into performance issues. After a while my computer starts to bog down and I have to restart it.

Another complaint is that it types with unusual quirks which it seems it would have been easy for IBM to have prevented. For example, it often fails to capitalize the first word in a sentence, especially when dictating in chat software. And for some reason, when you dictate for a passage to be in quotation marks, it leaves a space between the quotation marks and the words inside the quote. And sometimes, for some words, it is impossible to get the software to recognize that you are dictating a word, and not issuing a command.

IBM's ViaVoice is considerably cheaper than the competition. Unfortunately, I have no idea if the higher price of the competing products is justified by being a higher-quality product. ViaVoice is probably adequate for most casual dictating needs. If you've never used dictation software before, it's really impressive the way it can usually understand what you're saying. The more you use it, the better it gets at recognizing what you are saying, and the better you will get to at enunciating in a way it can understand. After a few months of casual usage, I would say my software is hitting 90 to 95% accuracy.

The bottom line is, for the price, this is pretty good software (though I sure do wish it was more stable). If you use dictation a lot and know that the competing products are better quality, they would be worth the price. But for a casual user, this software is fine. ... Read more


167. Norton AntiSpam 2005 Office Pack - 5 Users
list price: $179.99
our price: $164.99
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Asin: B0002RPZVA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 5297
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Features

  • Filters unwanted email messages in any POP3-compliant email program
  • Integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Eudora
  • Intelligent filtering engine learns what is and isn't spam
  • Ad blocking speeds Web page download times and reduces screen clutter
  • LiveUpdate automatically checks for new protection updates

168. Internet Security Barrier Antispam Edition X Su (Mac)
list price: $89.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0007QOMKG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Intego
Sales Rank: 4502
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Features

  • Intelligent spam filters help protect your inbox; includes Virus Barrier to block known viruses from infecting your system
  • Personal Firewall protects and monitors all incoming and outgoing data
  • Antivandal blocks all attempts to break in, catching detecting wrong passwords and logging vandal attacks
  • Internet Filter and Privacy tool gives you control over cookies and blocking ad banners
  • Analyzes incoming e-mail, determining which messages are spam and which are valid messages

169. Retrospect 6.5 Professional
list price: $129.99
our price: $92.99
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Asin: B00009M7S5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dantz Development Corporation
Sales Rank: 856
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Protection includes desktop & notebook backups, SimpleCrypt & strong DES encryption, and anti-virus software collaboration
  • Includes compression
  • 100% accurate and point-in-time restores to any point in time
  • EasyScript Wizard for simple backup needs
  • Comprehensive reporting, duplicates, archives, media verification, and backup verification

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Powerful but hard to use
This program is powerful and versatile, but it's difficult to use, especially if you use different media (hard disk, zip disks, DVDs, etc.). They also call things that we were already familiar with, like disk sets and incremental backups, differently. The printed manual is nice, though.

To the guy from Pa. who couldn't use the DVD writer: next time get a better namebrand. Retrospect works great with the built-in Toshiba DVD burner in my laptop.

3-0 out of 5 stars Still haven't found what I'm looking for
For over a decade, I've looked for the perfect backup utility, and I thought that I'd finally found it. It had to be automatic without needing a third-party add-on (unlike built-in Windows backup utilities), it had to incremental but smart enough to know what I'd changed (whereas others seem to take guesses, not always accurately), it had to allow for multiple backup routines (e.g. daily to another hardrive and weekly to a Zip drive), and it had to be user friendly (or my wife wouldn't use it, too).

Ta-da - this does all that. .... BUT, if you want to backup opened files, be prepared to spend hundreds of dollars extra, ouch! For example, I need a daily backup of my Outlook *.PST file(email, contacts, todos, appointments, etc.) but I routinely leave Outlook open rather than closing it every night. When I realized that this entailed an extra cost, I lowered my rating of this product from 5 to 3 stars.

So, I guess I'm still looking...

5-0 out of 5 stars Professional software for serious computer users
Bought the package in the first place for use with my Onstream ADR tapestreamer. Retrospect works flawlessy with this hardware. The inferface looks Spartan and could be a bit more intuitive but is still better then most competitors. Still I give the package 5 stars, because it works fast and reliable. Gives me the feeling of putting my data in a safe vault. Does everything one expects of a backup app, much options and once installed and configured to my needs, it works fully automatic. I let it make a daily backup on my second harddrive and every week on tape. What I like especially is that Retrospect, after the initial backup, saves only modified files with a minimum of space on the media used. Looks like the usual incremental backup? It's better then that. Last week my wife worked on an old document and saved it erroneously under the old name, while she needed also the old version. After a couple of days we used Retrospect to go back to the state of January 6th, to retrieve the file in its former state. And if I delete a file on March 23, I don't see it in the backup of March 24, but I can go back to the backup of March 23 and there it is.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor Hardware Support
I purchased this product based on a reccommendation from the David Lawrence Radio Show without checking its specific hardware support. As it turned out, no drivers for my newer Samsung CD-RW/DVD combo device are available from Dantz, and the program's "Custom Configuration" device was unable to configure/manufacture one that would work.

Now I am stuck with having to return the software (if Amazon allows) or 'invest' in a new compatible back up hardware device.

Be VERY cautious when buying this product -- wish I had been moreso.........

2-0 out of 5 stars Requires Extra Cost CD Burning Software
To create a recovery disk, Retrospect creates a CD image file which must be burned to a CD using another program (the file contains the restore software and a snapshot of the backed up hard drive). When backing up a single large drive, this file easily exceeds the size of a single CD, preventing the use of XP's built in CD burner. The manual said absolutely nothing about this (weak and confusing documentation). Instead, I found the information hidden away in a text file on the Retrospect CD. Because the box and manual said nothing about having to purchase additional software (considering the price of Retrospect, one certainly wouldn't think so), I'm giving this program a low rating. Beyond this, Retrospect appears to be a great program. ... Read more


170. IBM ViaVoice Pro USB Edition
list price: $189.99
our price: $159.99
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Asin: B0000A58IX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Scansoft
Sales Rank: 2934
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful dictation software that works with most Microsoft applications
  • Create macros that run across multiple applications; you control their speed
  • Supports the use of select digital handheld recorders
  • Works with IBM ViaVoice and VoiceMarks
  • Noise-canceling USB headset microphone included

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I see on this site that most people did not like this product. Well, I did. At first it was a dissapointment, but after I did lots of voice testing and corrections, it was great. No hands are needed and it is relitivley fast. Great Buy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Crashes, crashes, crashes - DO NOT BUY
Installed ViaVoice 10 in Windows XP Pro...

And sometimes it opens and sometimes it doesn't. Mainly doesn't.

Then I find this...via Google..

Problem:

After launching Dragon or ViaVoice and clicking a link in one of the menus, the system locks up or freezes. Other symptoms include Dragon NaturallySpeaking's Select-and-Say or ViaVoice's dictation and commands fail in Microsoft Office XP applications, such as Word and Microsoft Outlook.

Cause:

Microsoft Office XP's "Alternate User Input" installs a background process called CTFMON.exe which can interfere with Dragon or ViaVoice. The following information was taken from the Microsoft website:

"...Ctfmon.exe monitors the active windows and provides text input service support for speech recognition, handwriting recognition, keyboard, translation, and other alternative user input technologies...."

And you can get NO, repeat, NO, help from ScanSoft.

DO NOT BUY!

2-0 out of 5 stars do not buy it if you have mcafee internet security soft ware
IBM viavoice usbpro has major conflict issues with mcafee internet security suite(6.)Ibm redirects you to scansoft that has a lousy support which is charged to your credit card after the first free query;their online knowledge database is sparse and the tech personell seem to be reading their answers from algorhythms with background knowledge barely above the average customer's; Mcafee has a more extensive online database but no free tech support phone calls; problems of conflict between the softwares were related to TCP/IP port (viavoice apparently works through an open port) and to speech engine conflicts;none could resolve these issues;such issues in my opinion can only be resolved by interdisciplinary programmers;short of this the choice is one software verses the other

2-0 out of 5 stars Terrible Support - Many Installation Problems
An earlier ViaVoice installation 3 years ago went fine and the product was pretty useful and accurate enough for my purposes.

ViaVoice version 10 however has been a nightmare. I still have not been able to install it on a Win2K-SP4 computer. I am a fairly advanced computer programmer/systems person with 20+ years of experience.

Support is virtually non-existent from Scansoft. My 30 days of free support from IBM where I purchased the product has not been honored. All support has to come from Scansoft.

Great features, if you can access them. I am seriously thinking of demanding my money back. Washington State has some very consumer friendly laws regarding "Fitness for Purpose", one more reason I am grateful to live in the Northwest.

4-0 out of 5 stars Incompatible with Word 2003
I have used ViaVoice Ver10 Pro USB for a little over a year with great results. On a fast computer system it keeps up with you almost no matter the speed of your speaking. It does occassionally crash. There seems to be a problem with it writing back to memory. IBM was unable to find the problem. It had done this on other computers as well. I've used it with MS Office XP Pro on my old computer. I upgraded to a new computer with MS Office Small Business Ed 2003 only to find that ViaVoice is not compatible with the components. I spent $9.95 in tech support only to be told that! They said that they plan to put that info on their website(Scansoft is now the tech support for this product). To date they haven't. Guess, they want to sell as many copies as possible before they make a patch. Anyway, if you're planning to use this with Office 2003 or higher it will not work and tech support will do nothing to help you except take your money.
Update: 5/5/2004: I contacted ScanSoft to find out if they are making a patch to make it compatable with Word 2003. Their standard answer is "We're working on it." If you go to their website you will find that they still haven't put in a disclaimer that it doesn't work with all Word editions. It just says that it does work with Word. I wonder how many refunds they are giving out for false advertising? I'm also surprised that the major PC magazines haven't picked up on this. ... Read more


171. Webroot Windows Washer 5.x
list price: $39.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0006FLA8A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Webroot Software
Sales Rank: 730
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Features

  • Wash away excess useless files that clog your PC's hard drive
  • Shred function includes bleach to completely wipe out data
  • Custom wash cycles put you in control
  • Free plug-ins instantly detect and clean up more than 60 popular programs
  • Simply, safely and easily wipe clean your online and offline tracks for complete privacy

172. SecurErase 8: Permanently Erase Your Hard Drive
list price: $39.99
our price: $34.99
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Asin: B0002734ZE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vcom
Sales Rank: 852
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Features

  • Ensures data on hard drive is truly erased and unrecoverable
  • Provides a multi-pass drive/partition erase for total peace of mind
  • Erase the entire drive, or select a specific partition
  • Validates erasure success; no limits to drive size
  • Fast Custom and Government SecurErase options

173. Documents To Go Total Office 7.0
list price: $89.99
our price: $85.99
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Asin: B0002UMYC0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Dataviz
Sales Rank: 2605
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Features

  • Get instant access to contracts, price lists, forecasts, PDF documents, and much more
  • Create and edit your documents while on a plane or in a cab
  • Instantly open graphics, logos, even your favorite family photos on your handheld
  • Create, manage and view databases -- easily track inventory and access employee information
  • Fulfill sales orders on the go

174. INTEGO VirusBarrier X 10.0 ( Macintosh )

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Asin: B0000C5NY6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intego
Sales Rank: 6939
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Features

  • Drag-and-drop virus scans protect against all known viruses, including the ones hidden in Word & Excel macros
  • Deletes any corrupted files and scans archives for possible intrusion
  • Set up scheduled scans that can run anytime, or initiate them manually with a click
  • Instant repairing of damaged files -- any files NetBarrier can't repair, it will document in its log
  • Automatic online updates keep your setting up-to-date and your antivirus protection at its strongest

175. Symantec AntiVirus for Handhelds Annual Service Edition
list price: $39.95
our price: $36.99
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Asin: B0000AZK0Z
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 1086
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176. ALSOFTDisk Warrior

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Asin: B00005LKSW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Alsoft
Sales Rank: 3133
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Prevent damage to your hard drive by scanning the files to see if they're clean
  • Keep the directories on your disks constantly updated, so crashes or power losses don't ruin or lose data
  • DiskWarrior also helps you by recovering files & folders you thought you'd lost when a disk goes bad
  • Optimizes directories for maximum speed & performance when searching for files
  • Spares & repairs bad blacks on your drive

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Disk Warrior is a disaster
I purchased Disk Warrior for my iMac and had no sooner inserted the disk than my computer froze. I mean, froze so completely that I had to remove the disk with a paper clip and unplug the computer to begin a restart. I complained to Alsoft and was told to disconnect any peripherals that had not come with my Mac. I don't have any peripherals of this description. I asked for my money back and was refused.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my time and recovered my data
I couldn't get rid of a folder on my 35MB VST Firewire drive. I tried connecting it to my G4 laptop in the hope that I could rid myself of the pesky 'busy' folder, but to no avial all on OS X 3 Panther. Then I went and booted into OS 9.2 hoping I could delete the folder that way. Still, no go. So... I got my trusty Nortons out, tried to fix the disk and I had an awful hang and when I rebooted, the dreaded message came up that the disk was UNREADABLE, initialise or eject was my choice... oh nooooo!!!

So I noticed a trial copy of DiskWarrior Recovery (baby DiskWarrior) on the Nortons boot disk and out of desparation, tried it. Voila, it worked - up came all my precious files and directories which I could no transfer onto the remaining disk space of my 3 Macs. What a relief. I was going to burn CDs to back up the rest of the data I could not fit on the Macs' partitions and then reformat. I was copying files for 3 hours up to 1.30am.

The next morning, I phoned my local reseller who said they had a full DiskWarrior copy in stock. I rushed down and bought it straight away, booted from the CD and in about fifteen minutes, I had the directories fixed, all my files visible and asked it to recover the disk properly and it did!! Oh happy day, now my disk is whirring away, working better and faster than it had previously. The DiskWarrior generated a report said that the directories were "severly damaged" and had to "scavenge" to get the files and folders organised. And it certainly looks like I haven't lost anything, but for the pesky busy folder which has unaccountably disappeared (good riddance).

Nortons' killed my disk, DiskWarrior ressurected it. What more can I say.

1-0 out of 5 stars A frustrating failure for me
For me, Disk Warrior quickly went into a mode where the "barber pole" stopped moving and didn't resume its motion during two attempts at disk repair lasting over a total of 50 hours. The first attempt at repair ended when the computer screen wouldn't wake up after 5 - 10 minutes of mouse and keyboard activation; the second attempt ended after more than 24 hours of running with the appearance of an on-screen message "Press the power keep for several seconds to restart your computer." Norton Utilities is better at telling you if it can't make progress and in giving you an indication of how much progress it is making when it slows down, as when checking media.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Savior!
My computer was to the pont where it was either to erase the hard drive and start all over again or buy Disk Warrior. I didn't want to erase my hd or spend about 90 bucks but in the end it was worth it! Disk Warrior erased all the bad bugs and everything that it had to so I could use my IBOOK again. If in the end it clears everything bad, use it on a weekly bases so nothing bad will come back! I highly recomend Disk Warrior for people with computers that are to the point where you have to erase the hd. Im not garenteeing that it will work, but theres a good chance it will! I LOVE DISK WARRIOR! :-D

5-0 out of 5 stars Saved my data
I am very impressed. My Mac would not boot into OS X or OS 9. Spent an hour on tech support with Apple and tried all the free options first. They suggested Diskwarrior and since I hadn't made a backup recently I was willing to try anything. I bought it at a local retailer and ran it. It started running and I thought it had froze up and wasn't working but after 6 days of running.....yes it took 6 days, my computer is running great now. Although it tool a while it was bettter than redoing all my work. ... Read more


177. Norton Systemworks 2005 Premier - 5 Pack
list price: $399.99
our price: $369.99
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Asin: B0002TVULW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 4432
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178. Microsoft Voice Command for Pocket PC & Pocket PC Phone Edition
list price: $34.95
our price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001XU8E4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 628
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Features

  • Transforms Pocket PCs into virtual personal assistants
  • Voice-controlled phone, contact lookup, media player, and more
  • State-of-the-art speech technology; no voice training required
  • Conversational style that asks questions if more information is needed
  • Hands-free use of a mobile device; convenient and efficient

179. Norton Personal Firewall 3.0 (Mac)
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B00009AP9U
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 2859
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Features

  • Keeps hackers out and personal data in
  • Makes your Mac invisible on the Internet--a powerful deterrent to hackers
  • Control outbound as well as inbound connections
  • Includes firewall status window, self-test mode, and comprehensive logs
  • Easy set-up--just choose minimal, medium, or maximum protection

180. Norton SystemWorks 2003 Pro
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B00006FI10
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Symantec
Sales Rank: 360
Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The main tools in Norton SystemWorks help you avoid viruses, keep your PC running smoothly, and fix it when it doesn't. Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition gives you all the tools in the standard version, plus Norton Ghost for creating complete system backups or for transferring all your data to a new disk drive.

Norton SystemWorks 2003 comes with Norton AntiVirus 2003, excellent antivirus software which now scans files downloaded through instant messages, as well as from the Web and POP3 e-mail. It also blocks viruses that try to spread through your e-mail, keeps your virus definitions up-to-date, and looks for virus-like behavior.

Similarly, many of the tools in Norton Utilities are both easy to use and powerful. It checks the Registry and your hard drive for potential problems you wouldn't otherwise see, and helps you fix them. While some of the older tools have been superseded by options in Windows XP itself, the Speed Disk defragmenter gives you more information and more options than the built-in tools in any version of Windows.

The tools in CleanSweep are useful for clearing out clutter on your PC, whether from applications you've downloaded and installed, or for cleaning up after your browser. While there are other ways to do all of that, and the tools in this version have been reorganized rather than updated, you do get a very clear and simple interface to work with rather than having to hunt around. Plus there's a new tool called Connection Keep Alive to stop your dialup connection from disconnecting when you're not actively using it; handy if you leave your PC when a long download is running.

Norton Ghost rounds out the tools by letting you move a complete backup of your hard disk onto CD-ROM or another disk. You can also clone one disk onto another when you upgrade or move to a new PC. While the wizards are straightforward, Ghost has to reboot your PC and it creates large files. This is a powerful utility rather than a casual backup tool, so treat it with care. But like the other disaster-recovery tools in SystemWorks Professional, it's well worth having around before you run into problems with your PC. --Mary Branscombe, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (117)

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I have mixed feelings about Norton SystemWorks 2003. On one hand, I'm a longtime user of the SystemWorks family of products, and I feel no Windows computer is complete without vital Norton tools like SpeedDisk and WinDoctor. On the other hand, I've been terribly disappointed with this release of NSW. Here's why:

Primarily, NSW 2003 doesn't include any obvious updates to existing software. I upgraded from NSW 2001, and I really don't see any changes in the functionality of any existing tools. The color scheme and interface has been revised to match Windows XP's friendly pastels and rounded curves, but I really don't see any difference in the way the components actually work. So why upgrade?

Second, NSW 2003 does not play nice with older versions of Windows. In particular, it loads an executable into memory, whether you want to use any "active" tools (such as AntiVirus or Registry Tracker) or not. Under Windows 2000 and XP, this application runs as a service and doesn't cause any problems; but on my Windows 98SE platform, it causes noticeably slower startups and shutdowns, and occasionally causes the system to hang when shutting down. I realize that Windows 98 is now a bit long in the tooth, but Symantec really should have put more effort into making NSW 2003 compatible with Win98 if it is to be advertised as such on the box.

In summary: On one hand, Norton SystemWorks is a solid heir to a useful dynasty of tools for Windows. On the other hand, there is little if any advantage over recent editions of the software, and backwards compatibility is deficient. I suggest that if you have Win2k or XP and do not yet have Norton SystemWorks, pick it up. If you are running an older version of Windows or already have SystemWorks 2001 or later, pass this one by.

1-0 out of 5 stars NORTON 2004, A NIGHTMARE FOR OUTLOOK EXPRESS
I am an old Norton Systems Works customer, and I have been relatively satisfied with their virus protection, especially the ability to download and upgrade through the Internet. However, the lastest edition of NORTON, ie, Norton 2004 which I bought for 100 dollars, (I live in Ibadan, Nigeria) is not good for the international market. When I tried to install NORTON 2004 on my computer, I found out that it has to be activated on the INTERNET. Well, this may not be good for many African users, but I am connected to a server at home. So I tried to activate the system only to find out my server is not compatible with NORTON 2004. This is specified on page 21 of the manual that it is not compatitble with AOL, and SSL Secure Socket email systems. Well, not only would it not install, it would not uninstall--my machine was totally mucked up for almost two months, and I have had to revert to emailing from a cyber cafe. I think anyone who is selling a product, should make is perfectly clear on the packaging the systems with which the product is compatible. I have finally been able to reformat my hard disk and remove the Norton 2004, and reinstall my email server information, but what do I do with NORTON 2004, I hope the engineeers from NORTON read this and write to me and solve my problem. As presently, I have no protection against email viruses.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
It is difficult to make a utility program that works with various operating systems, because in many cases it has to bypass the operating system to work.

That said, Symantec should be able to design with this in mind. But it looks like they haven't. I had an installation of Windows 2000 with Norton 2002 working fine. I made the mistake of upgrading to XP - a mistake because it seems that Norton can't cope with this.

I have a file of nearly 5,000 photos which worked fine under Windows 2000. Under XP each time you opened a file the computer came to a halt for several seconds. This was because Norton Anti-virus was scanning the database.

Eventually I decided to make a clean installation (not an upgrade) of Windows XP. I figured that Norton 2002 would have problems so I ordered Norton 2003. I installed XP and some applications and the system ran fine. Then I made the mistake of installing Norton 2003.

I put in the CD and the program started installing Norton AntiVirus. Suddenly for no reason the computer crashed and restarted. When it moved into Windows I had a message saying that some program had interfered with the installation. It was obvious that things were bad so I went to the programs uninstall, and managed to get rid of most of what was there.

This didn't stop the warning notice appearing every time I started XP. I tried removing all the Norton folders in the program files and got rid of every file but one - this was "in use by Norton Anti-virus." Even after I renamed the folder the warning message still appeared.

The warning message had a link to the Norton web site, where the problem was acknowledged and there were instructions on how to get rid of it. However, one step was to go into the registry and manually remove two lines, with all the possibility of major damage if this wasn't done correctly.

That's when I really lost it with Norton. I've been working with programs that use the registry since around May 1995 (the Windows 95 preview edition) and I have NEVER had to alter the registry by hand. They know their program causes a problem yet they cannot write a simple program to make sure the mistake is cleared up without risk.

Had I cleaned up the registry manually I would then (according to Norton) be in a position to reinstall their software. Given the trouble I had with it I'd rather not go through all that gain, so I'll wait for XP Service Pack 2 for Anti-virus. The only other feature I use regularly is speed disk, but PC Magazine says that it's much slower than the XP disk defragmenter.

As someone else here says, such a pity a program you used to recomend automatically has sunk so low.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly .
The Good: Norton Systemworks 2003 Pro is a good value and works well on the faster Windows XP based computers as a comprehensive antivirus and utilities software bundle.

The Bad: It seems to install alright on Windows 98 or 98SE based computers but after running all of the Live-Updates I have seen it corrupt, crash, and BSoD (blue screen) computers that were previously working flawlessly. It is also not very fun rebooting into safe mode to try to uninstall the mess it creates. If you are running a computer slower than 1.5 Ghz in speed you should forget about using it. This program will turn your once speedy Pentium computer into a 486 in no time.

The Ugly: If you get it running ok on your computer you can expect one year of antivirus and live updates before either having to register and subscribe for another year of updates or you will have to completely uninstall Norton Systemworks 2003 and install something else. If you decide to go with Systemworks 2004 good luck. Symantec's Norton 2004 products are some of the buggiest, slowest, most privacy invasive, and problem ridden pieces of software ever distributed by a major software security company. You can also expect serious installation problems, poor customer support, required product activation (can only be installed once or twice on the exact same computer), and major performance degradation to even the latest and fastest computers.

The Solution: You can run many of the Systemworks 2003 utilities right from the CD-ROM. If you need to install and use a particular program such as Norton Ghost 2003 then only install that one program and not the entire suite of Systemworks programs. Before you install any new antivirus software make sure you completely uninstall the Norton Systemworks and Antivirus software first or you will see the new software like the new McAfee have major problems dealing with the leftovers files from Norton. For antivirus software go with McAfee Antivirus 2004 (if you buy the McAfee 2004 Internet Security Suite with antivirus do not install the Privacy Service program since it causes major problems). With McAfee 2004 there is no product activation required and it seems to run much more efficiently on newer and older computers than Norton antivirus 2003 or 2004. Some other reportedly good antivirus programs include PC-Cillin 2004, Kaspersky Antivirus 4.5 or 5.0, Panda Platinum Antivirus, and the completely free (to download and update) AVG Antivirus. In this era of unknown Windows security flaws and new viruses being found every day you should also consider using a good software firewall solution such as Zone Alarm and Zone Alarm Pro or XP users should enable the Windows XP internet connection firewall.

2-0 out of 5 stars Norton GoBack = Good / Rest of Package = Trouble
I installed this software suite on my home PC about two weeks ago. The problems started almost immediately. I should have read some of these reviews more closely before purchasing.

#1: Get ready for your system to slow WAY down, especially when you boot up. There were numerous complaints about this from purchasers of Norton AntiVirus, so I'm assuming this is the particular piece of the package that causes the problems.

#2: I upgraded to DSL about a week after installing SystemWorks, and the trouble really hit the fan then. DSL safety also required that I install a firewall, and Norton seems to have no idea how to handle this very well.

I'm not a techie, and my advice would be to find something else unless you've got some serious PC skills. The only thing that is useful is the GoBack software, which lets you restore your PC after serious problems develop...Ironically, I mainly use it to restore my PC after it gets screwed up by another Norton application. ... Read more


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