Talk:PC Tools (company)

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Small Businesses[edit]

I find it hard to believe that Wikipedia removes small time businesses from adding their businesses to this site but has no problems with bigger business like this one. I added my businesses to this site and was removed within minutes. The information I provided was historically accurate and simply explained the history of the owners and its evolution. Wikipedia seems to be a bit classist. By the way this company is nothing but a front for spyware. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 205.209.68.186 (talk)

Just to clarify: The criteria for inclusion in Wikipedia is not "small business" or "big business"; it's whether reliable and independent sources can be found about the subject, due to the practical reason that Wikipedia articles need to be verifiable (see notability guideline). (In addition to that, you admittedly violated the conflict of interest guideline). -- intgr [talk] 23:32, 11 September 2007 (UTC)
Where is the evidence you're using to support your claim about this company being a front for spyware? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 169.237.249.150 (talk) 21:44, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

I don't know where he's getting that, but I had the program for a couple of years - antivirus and firewall. There was some difficulty with the update so I purged the Pc tool files and went with another system. All of the sudden, I could open video files that had never worked on my PC before. I could view You tube and the videos often attached to news sites. Pc tools had worked so well, that it disabled many of the capabilities of my computer and isp. --Mcumpston (talk) 20:42, 6 August 2008 (UTC) hjh —Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.31.142.69 (talk) 13:05, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

There should be documentation that the large majority of pc tools software including spyware remover do NOT let you actually use any of the programs actual features until you pay for them. The refuse to acknowledge this anywhere on their site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.152.42.172 (talk) 18:17, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

The trial limitations are mentioned on their site under the details tab. Just checked right now and it clearly says it won't remove with the trial just protect against new ones. Look at any product page on their site and click on details and its there. Took all of 5 seconds to find.Darkbeholder (talk) 03:29, 22 September 2010 (UTC)

Expand the article[edit]

I am expanding this to at least be a Start on Wikipedia. You can contribute too (not expressing anger)! -JC Talk to me My contributions 05:19, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Merging PC Tools Spyware Doctor and iAntiVirus into PC Tools (company)[edit]

They are small enough to be merged. A possible immediate merge may be necessary. --JC Talk to me My contributions 01:17, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --JC Talk to me My contributions 06:59, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Moronic lack of historical accuracy[edit]

PC Tools was a company that provided the included Backup tool in Windows 3.1, it also sold other software such as Antivirus and System Utilities. The company was purchased by Norton in the 1990's and its competing products were discontinued. Norton provided a patch for Windows 95 so users who backed up data in Windows 3.1 could retrieve that data. I provided support to Microsoft customers that needed to use that tool. Since the product name was already owned by Symantec, the company was not "created" in 2003. Documented in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_Tools_%28Central_Point_Software%29 Shjacks45 (talk) 19:58, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

The "PC Tools" that you are remembering and talking about, Shjacks45, is a set of products that were created and sold by Central Point Software, which Symantec (which you call "Norton") bought in 1994. The name of the company was "Central Point Software", not "PC Tools".
However, this article ("PC Tools (company)") is about a company called "PC Tools" that was founded in 2003 — and acquired by Symantec in 2008! Wikipedia already has entries — separate from this one — for Central Point Software, and for the product you are remembering.
(It's all very confusing — especially since both companies sold utility programs under the name "PC Tools", covering many of the same functions (antivirus, file recovery, backup, performance analysis, desktop enhancement), and since both companies ended up being bought by Symantec! — and there has been much discussion of how best to deal with this on the Talk page for PC Tools the product.
It gets even more confusing insofar as there ultimately was more than one product from Central Point called "PC Tools" — specifically, PC Tools for DOS and PC Tools for Windows. To this day the entry for "PC Tools (Central Point Software)" does not adequately distinguish the two (though I hope to help change that at some point in the future).
And to make matters even worse, there also was a British magazine called "PC Tools"!)
2001:5B0:24FF:3CF0:0:0:0:37 (talk) 14:14, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Incorrect Redirect?[edit]

Searching for 'Threatfire' redirects to this page. There is no mention on this page of 'Threatfire', so quite frankly, why does it redirect here instead of just being a redlink? -Graptor 74.215.239.1 (talk) 18:36, 23 July 2013 (UTC)