PCTools developing is closed

Discussion in 'other anti-malware software' started by ichito, Apr 19, 2013.

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  1. ichito

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    No comments...all black scenarios were true o_O
     
  2. The Hammer

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    Firecat will need a new security solution.
     
  3. blacknight

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    Thanks Symantec for killing it. :mad:
     
  4. SweX

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    Yep he sure does :(

    Surprise surprise, what else would they recommend :p
     
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    Haha, great recommendation! :thumb:
     
  6. chabbo

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    if you have pctools internet security you get norton internet security and the days you have left with pctools will get on the norton.









    We're making your protection options simpler.

    Symantec currently offers a range of security products. After listening to our customers, we discovered you want a simpler way to stay protected online - so we're streamlining our product range to focus on providing you with fewer, better solutions.

    From lö 18 maj 2013, Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus will no longer be available for sale or renewal. You will continue to receive protection against the latest threats and ongoing customer support until your subscription expires on fr 20 dec 2013.
     
  7. Firecat

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    This is a hell of a surprise: I had expected them to continue the brand by simply selling rebranded, feature limited versions of Norton going forward. Now it's all over....

    I got the email today. Though the deal on Norton is good, I'm not sure if I want NIS as I personally have preferred PC Tools' simplicity to what I perceive as "flashiness" in Norton. I guess there's nothing wrong in giving it a try, but my family will not like it - they had grown used to PC Tools.

    But one can still buy PCTIS or SD+AV for cheap at Downloadcrew and just "upgrade" it to Norton.....limited time offer :p :D
     
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    On a side note: What happens to the performance products? This announcement says only the security products are discontinued.
     
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    Never used any of their AV products, but they had a really good free firewall. In fact, it was allegations of the impending doom of the PCTools firewall circulating a couple years back that prompted me to give Privatefirewall a try.
     
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    I thought they were recommending Kaspersky :D
     
  11. RejZoR

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    They just have to ruin every single decent thing. PCTools Firewall, AV and ThreatFire were all a great programs. And they just absorbed, ruined and killed them all. Thanks for that Symantec. What next will they ruin?:rolleyes:
     
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    yeah ......
    on;y bought it last year hoping they will continue but:thumbd: :thumbd: :thumbd: they did not.
    shame on Norton
     
  13. safeguy

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    Not affected for now. Still, i would say it's only a matter of time.
     
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    Good Evening! Unfortunate Demise...of a Quality Product Line...and most importantly the loss of employment to the dedicated Men and Women of P.C.Tools...located in Ireland...a area that is already ravaged by the Global Recession. It's unfortunately a sign of the times. And a footnote...Symantec is as it's owner...currently experiencing problems of their own. Very unfortunate...there aren't any winners in this scenario. Sincerely...Securon
     
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    The big fish eats the little fish, and gets even bigger itself.

    This is no surprise to me... it makes no sense for Symantec to spend time and money on two separate products with the same objective..
     
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    Good Evening ! Kyle...simple economies of scale. A given from Day One. Still Unfortunate! Sincerely...Securon
     
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    Poor free AV users, Symantec has no alternative for them. Mamutu is being the lone behavior blocker, no competition in the free behavior blocker market
     
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    I think we all knew that was going to happen sooner or later after Symantec took over.:eek: I ran Spyware Doctor for years and loved it. Bye-Bye PC Tools. :(
     
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    Sure, we knew it, the question is: who'll be the next ? :blink:
     
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    I hope Symantec won't buy Avast or AVG. :D :doubt:
     
  21. quanzi_1507

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    Doubt they have enough resources to do so.

    On the other hand they bought PCTools mainly for their utility products not the security ones.

    Proof? They totally dumped their Norton SystemWorks product to replace it with some PCTools Registry Mechanic rip-off and called it Norton Utilities.
     
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    The name Norton Utilities is over 30 years old!
     
  23. aztony

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    That's what tragic about the loss of PCtools. In addition to the employees who are now displaced, there is less choice and competition to benefit consumers.
     
  24. The Red Moon

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    The free firewall was an excellent firewall and worthy of a price tag.
     
  25. quanzi_1507

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    I know, but it was only included as a part of, and was better known as Norton SystemWorks from 2003 to 2009. During this period SystemWorks was the first thing to appear in everyone's mind whenever Norton's performance product was mentioned.

    Then they bought PC Tools, made a "new" utility product based on Registry Mechanic (or Desktop Maestro) and went back to the old name of Norton Utility. You can tell by the similarity of Norton SystemWorks GUIs over the years from 2003 to 2009 (a quick search will do) and the sudden omfg-is-that-registry-mechanic-im-seeing ones from 2009 onwards.
     
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