Norton PC Checkup is a free software program for the Windows operating system that you may use to run a scan on the PC system to detect threats, performance, and protection issues,
The program schedules scans of the PC once per week, but you may run a scan manually at any time as well.
The system scan takes less than a minute to complete and displays an initial rating for each of the elements that have been scanned.
More important than the initial rating is the detailed report that you can access after each completed scan. This report displays additional information using visual indicators so that you can see the areas that need improvement according to Norton PC Checkup on first glance.
The issues that have been found are displayed on the first page of the report with a link to take action. Additional information is displayed by hovering the mouse over one of the main icons at the top that divide the various areas that were scanned by the program.
Norton PC Checkup will always offer two solutions to resolve the issues that have been found. Option one would be to connect with the Norton PC Tune-Up service which is a commercial service that needs to be paid for.
Option two lets the user solve the problem manually which opens a website with details on how to do so. The website is relatively generic on the other hand and does not take into account the user's operating system. One link led to a website with performance tips for Windows XP although the test system was running the Windows 7 operating system for instance. A link in that article was provided to a similar Windows Vista article, but there was not one for Windows 7 at the time of writing.
Norton PC Checkup can provide helpful information if you manage to look beyond the Norton products that are offered as solutions for those problems. Most - if not all of the - problems that are indicated by Norton PC Checkup after scans can be eliminated with free third party software as well.
Norton PC Checkup can be downloaded from the Symantec website.
The program is more of an advertisement program for Norton products and services. It may still have its uses, considering that it may reveal issues on the system that you may want to address.
Update: Norton PC Checkup is no longer available. Check out the alternatives below.
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