CUPERTINO, Calif. -- October 29, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) has introduced the first one-step PC maintenance program especially designed for Windows 95 users. Created by the world’s leading developer of utility software products, Healthy PC is the easiest and most affordable application available to offer virus protection and PC maintenance.
Inexperienced users now have a “click-and-forget” tool to protect their PC Hardware investment, and also to protect valuable data such as financial records, e.g., Quicken files. With one mouse click, Healthy PC launches a complete maintenance routine in less than five minutes, detecting and fixing small problems before they become big ones. Making the PC run faster and more efficiently, the program detects and removes viruses and tunes up the hard drive by arranging files for faster access. It also includes comprehensive on-line help for answers to frequently-asked questions. The “push-button” metaphor requires no learning curve, no thick manual to read, no new jargon to learn.
“About 80 percent of computer owners are without adequate antivirus and utility tools to protect their PCs from viruses and other problems,” said Mary Engstrom, general manager of Symantec’s security business unit. “Healthy PC is the easy answer for consumers who have little experience maintaining their PCs.”
How Healthy PC Works
With the growing number of first-time PC buyers using Windows 95, many computer owners are experiencing problems which can be quickly fixed with Healthy PC. The program’s unconventional graphic oval-shaped interface provides a totally new and different experience to users who are uncomfortable with the more traditional software designs, such as pull-down menus and check-boxes. On this intuitive user interface, virus scanning and the hard disk optimizing process is literally as simple as clicking the “Start” button. The program provides a graphic list of areas that it is checking and provides a quick summary report on the “health” of the PC.
Healthy PC combines the benefits of two of Symantec’s best-selling problem solving programs: Norton AntiVirus and Speed Disk. Healthy PC also includes LiveUpdate, a new feature that automatically provides users with virus protection updates every month and new software enhancements via modem or Internet connection. For problems that Healthy PC detects but cannot repair, the program points users to the correct resources that will resolve them.
Pricing and Availability
Healthy PC is available at mass market outlets and consumer electronics chains, as well as computer stores nationwide, including Best Buy, Comp USA, Computer City and Egghead Software. It has an estimated retail price (ERP) of $29.95. Healthy PC requires an IBM-PC or 100% compatible, Windows 9x Build 950 (FAT-32 support update available via LiveUpdate), Intel 386 DX or higher processor, 4MB of RAM (8MB recommended), 3MB of free hard disk space, VGA display with at least 256 colors, modem or Internet connection (for using Live Update), mouse.
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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