Update Now Available
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- February 7, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of anti-virus software, today announced that it will provide a virus definition update to detect the first Windows 95 virus, preliminarily dubbed Boza (alias Bizatch). Symantec's Boza update will provide detection for end-users and corporate IS managers with Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus for NetWare, Norton AntiVirus Scanner for NT, and Norton AntiVirus for DOS and Windows. The update will be available by Friday, February 9 free on Symantec's BBS and FTP & Web Sites, CompuServe, America Online, and Microsoft Network.
The Boza virus, originating in Australia, is the first Windows 95 virus. The Boza virus targets Windows 95, 32-bit executable files exclusively and is not expected to affect DOS, Windows 3.x, or Windows NT files. In addition, the Boza virus cannot be transmitted through document files. Like the majority of computer viruses, it can be transmitted via the Internet and floppy disks.
At this time, the virus is not in circulation and no Symantec customers have reported infection. Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) experts don't expect widespread distribution of this virus due to the immediate response by the anti-virus community. "The Boza virus is the first Windows 95, 32-bit virus that's been developed," said Germaine Ward, director of product management, Norton AntiVirus Group. "Comprehensive virus protection is critical for Windows 95 users. Symantec has developed Boza detection and is working on a repair to provide a complete solution to the virus. In addition, it is important to note that users of all operating systems are vulnerable to viruses. Norton AntiVirus provides the most complete virus protection available, including detection and repair of the Word Macro viruses, which are tremendously prolific," she added.
Update files will be available free for download from the following online areas:
Symantec BBS (541) 984-5366 (300, 1200, 2400 baud) (541) 484-6669 (9600, 14400 baud) Symantec's FTP site ftp.symantec.com Symantec's Web site www.symantec.com CompuServe GO SYMANTEC America Online SYMANTEC Microsoft Network SYM-NAV95Symantec's anti-virus products are backed by an unsurpassed range of virus information and update services. Users can access the Symantec AntiVirus Reference Center on Symantec's web site to obtain up-to-date information on the Boza and other viruses and virus protection. This area also contains the latest virus definitions for all Symantec anti-virus products, which are updated every month.
Additional virus information and update services include: The Virus Hotline (541) 9-VIRUS-9; downloadable virus definitions from the Symantec BBS, the Symantec FTP and Web sites on the Internet, CompuServe, America Online and the Microsoft Network; and a monthly Virus Definition Disk Service (800) 343-4717 ext. 756. In addition, a quarterly virus definition subscription service, the Norton AntiVirus Subscription Service, is available for an annual fee of $39.95 plus tax.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, or (541) 334-6054.
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