Norton PC Checkup

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 17, 2009
Updated • Mar 11, 2017
Software, Windows software

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.

Norton PC Checkup Interface

Completed PC Checkup

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Detailed Report

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.

Free program alternatives are for instance Advanced SystemCare Free for the performance and stability side of things, and the excellent Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for scanning your system thoroughly.

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  1. jet said on March 9, 2011 at 4:17 am

    i hate your scanner. it’s helppless and hopeless. time to time you have to restore system. just to keep computer error free. i hatethe pc norton check up. scrap it. let it die…and nverbe seen again in te scanning industry! huh!ihahahahateeeeeeee it!at the core of my being!!!!!!

  2. stanton cummings said on September 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm


  3. Bob said on January 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    It looks nice but it is crap! It gives my pc a performance rating of poor but can’t read one of my memory sticks. It says my security is good and then tells me I’m running AVG – I don’t have AVG I use Avira.

    And a lot of people seem to have problems getting rid of it!

  4. Cedric Credle said on January 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    One thing that seems to be strange on the performance during scan,the result was excellant,but for that one time,the status changed to good, Would like to know what was done in that the status change so? There is no help section on the program in which I can get some assistance,as on the NIS2010. Can anyone help me on this situation?

  5. MICHAEL GRIFFIN said on January 1, 2010 at 12:29 am

    I have tried to use Norton pc checkup numerous times but it keeps getting stuck on performance 8-122 for hours and will not progress any further.

  6. ilev said on December 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

    It should be Portable

  7. Mandeep Mehta said on December 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Have heard that it has improved a lot over its previous versions. Hence would like to give it a try if I can win

  8. Sammy said on December 17, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    …And cost $79.00

    1. Computer Video Tutorials said on December 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      OMG! Too expansive. Is Norton PC Checkup a Norton System Utitlities and Norton 360 alternative?

  9. Butch said on December 17, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’d like to give this a try.

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