Integrated utility suites have long been popular on the PC side of the fence. Now Symantec Corporation offers a soup-to-nuts utility package for Mac shops: Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh.
Norton Utilities, a "Swiss Army knife" approach to computer diagnostics and repair, includes Norton Disk Doctor, Speed Disk, and other tools. Version 6.0 also provides the ability to "scavenge" and reconstruct directories for the best chance of recovering lost data. Speed Disk enables users to create custom optimization profiles. In addition, Norton Utilities includes a bootable CD-ROM repair disk.
Antivirus 7.0 can automatically scan e-mail attachments as they're downloaded. It also provides shorthands for selecting the level of automatic protection (minimal, standard, full, or none). Once you decide on your auto-protect level, the setting won't need to be changed often.
If you don't have system utilities and antivirus protection in place, SystemWorks for Macintosh represents a complete package at a great price.
$130; $40 for upgrade
PROS: Seamless integration
CONS: Minor adjustments to configuration