CUPERTINO, Calif. -- October 29, 1996 -- Updating its leading line of PC problem solving software, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced the release of Norton Utilities 2.0 for Windows 95. Developed for the 15 million computer users who are comfortable with PCs, the new Norton Utilities prevents and fixes computer problems automatically, helps users tune-up and customize their systems and teaches users about their PCs through multimedia innovations.
Since the first version was introduced in 1982, Norton Utilities has been widely recognized as the best software to protect PCs by keeping the computers’ hard drive working optimally, and by fixing small problems before they become big ones. With version 2.0, Norton Utilities continues to provide incomparable utilities that make using a PC a more productive experience.
“Computers are like cars. Twenty years ago, you could give yourself a tune-up, and when something went wrong you could lift up the hood and fix it,” said Enrique Salem, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Symantec Corporation. “Today, PCs are complicated and you need an expert like Norton Utilities to help you tune-up and repair your system. In addition, protection against crashes and application lock-ups is now included via Norton CrashGuard with Anti-Freeze.”
Special Bonus Software Norton Utilities includes Norton CrashGuard with Anti-Freeze ($29.95 value). CrashGuard with Anti-Freeze is the best way to protect the user from losing data as a result of system “crashes” or “freezes”. If the user ever experiences a crash or an application freeze, CrashGuard will jump in, fix the problem, and you save your work.
Prevents and Fixes Computer Problems Automatically
Norton Utilities’ exclusive System Doctor technology constantly monitors your PC, looking for potential problems and fixing them before they cause a system failure. While you work, this technology also protects underlying resources on which your files rely, such as memory and disk space. System Doctor will give a warning if the hard drive is about to fail, monitors Internet sites and can tell you the best time to surf your favorite sites, monitors the system for viruses and notifies you when your definitions need to be updated.
“System Genie” Helps Users Tune Up and Customize Their PCs
Through a graphical “point-and-click” interface, the new Norton System Genie includes dozens of ways for users to easily customize Windows 95. System Genie lets users change the way Windows looks and works, handles files, and starts and runs. Norton Utilities’ Speed Disk program keeps hard drives running optimally, while Space Wizard allows users to safely remove unneeded files.
Teaches Users About Their Computers
Using fun 3D animation, audio, video and graphics, Norton Utilities’ new multimedia Companion feature teaches users everything they need to know – or want to know – about disks, memory and Windows 95. Norton’s System Information program also gives a detailed breakdown of the PC components, and benchmarks the system’s performance while running business and multimedia applications.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Utilities 2.0 for Windows 95, with CrashGuard and Anti-Freeze, is available at an estimated retail price (ERP) of $79. Previously registered users of Norton Utilities can upgrade for $49. Norton Utilities 2.0 requires IBM-PC or a 100% compatible, Windows 95, Intel 80486 DX or higher, 8MB of RAM, 31MB free hard disk space, double speed CD-ROM drive, 16-bit sound card and a 256-color VGA or better monitor. Norton Utilities for Windows 95 is available at computer stores nationwide, including Best Buy, Comp USA, Computer City and Egghead Software.
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's global operations span North America, Europe, and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. 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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