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Symantec Announces Free Online Trial and Online Purchase of Award-Winning Norton AntiVirus Products

"Try Before You Buy" Trial Versions and Online Purchasing Options for Customers Now Available

CUPERTINO, Calif. –- November 6, 1996 -– In response to an overwhelming number of users who turn to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) for online virus information, Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the leader in anti-virus software, today announced that its industry-leading family of Norton AntiVirus products can be purchased online at Symantec’s Web site.

Effective immediately, users can purchase full versions of Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows NT, Norton AntiVirus 3.0 for DOS/Windows 3.x, and Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) 4.5 at the company’s Web site at www.symantec.com. And in an effort to make evaluating an anti-virus product as easy as possible, Symantec is offering full-featured "try before you buy" versions of its anti-virus software. Current trial versions are valid until November 30, 1996.

"While the Internet has opened up new opportunities for sharing information, it has also been a significant contributor to the rapid spread of viruses. So it makes sense to provide the anti-virus solution online - close to where users are encountering the problem," said Mary Engstrom, general manager of the AntiVirus Business Unit at Symantec Corporation.

"By providing a free trial of our anti-virus solutions, we hope to demonstrate for people just how easy it is to protect themselves and their data from viruses," Engstrom continued. "We particularly want to give users the opportunity to try our revolutionary LiveUpdate feature for themselves, and see how Symantec has combined the power of the Internet and the ease of point-and-click to deliver current virus protection."

Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95 and Windows NT feature LiveUpdate: one button access to virus definition updates. LiveUpdate detects the availability of an Internet connection or modem, and automatically connects to a Symantec server. Once LiveUpdate is connected to the Symantec site, the system downloads and installs the latest virus definitions. By combining the power of SARC with the ease of LiveUpdate, and making these updates available for no charge (other than normal phone and Internet access charges), users of Norton AntiVirus can rest assured that they have the most current protection available. LiveUpdate is a patent-pending technology that will appear in many Symantec products over the coming months, and it provides a unique way for users to ensure that their software solutions are updated. SAM has a similar feature called AutoUpdate.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) has a dedicated team of virus experts whose sole mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete option, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definition updates are available free of charge to users of Norton AntiVirus (other than normal phone and Internet access charges), and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or AutoUpdate. SARC also maintains Symantec’s anti-virus Web presence (www.symantec.com/avcenter) and posts updates regularly. Additional virus information and update services include: the Symantec BBS, the Symantec FTP and Web sites on the Internet, CompuServe, America Online and the Microsoft Network. Virus information is also available from the Virus Hotline, 541-9-VIRUS-9. For individual users who do not have online access, a disk-based update subscription service is available for an annual fee of $39.95 plus tax. Corporate customers receive regular updates on disk when they subscribe to Symantec’s Upgrade Insurance Program.

Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows NT and Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) 4.5 are each available online for $79 (US). Norton AntiVirus 3.0 for DOS/Windows 3.x is available online for $59 (US).

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 managed 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 or visit our site on the world wide web at www.symantec.com.

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