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Symantec Announces Secure Computing Checkmark™ Certification Award for Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows NT and Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- November 25, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), a leading supplier of utilities software products, today announced that its award-winning anti-virus software has been granted the SECURE Computing Checkmark™ and will now carry the Checkmark logo of certification. Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows NT and Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95 passed the ground-breaking SECURE Computing certification scheme.

In order to receive a Checkmark from the SECURE Computing Labs, anti-virus software must pass a series of tests which verify that the products can detect those viruses which are actually causing infections “in the wild,” or in the real world. This certification process gives a clear and independent indication to end users that Checkmarked anti-virus products can be relied on. The testing procedure is repeated at least every three months to ensure that certified products stay current with the latest virus threats.

According to Alex Haddox, Product Manager of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) in Santa Monica, Calif., “We are very proud to be awarded the Checkmark from SECURE Computing, as it reassures customers that we are making a serious commitment to the quality and currency of our products. When a customer looks at our product boxes and finds the Checkmark logo, they know they can rely on our software. Other anti-virus products were submitted, but not all passed the stringent tests.”

“Symantec has worked hard to join an elite group of anti-virus product developers,” said Paul Robinson, Editorial Director of SECURE Computing Magazine. “This single independent check on their anti-virus protection is worth a hundred claims by other manufacturers who don’t have a Checkmark. Users can be reassured that the viruses which are out there causing infections can be detected by Norton AntiVirus."

The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) is comprised of 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 ad detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definitions updates are available free of charge (other than normal phone and internet access charges) to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater.

Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT and Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) 4.5 are available at an estimated retail price (ERP) of $69.95, and also online for $79.95 (US). Norton AntiVirus 3.0 for DOS/Windows 3.x is available at an estimated retail price of $49.95 and online for $49.95 (US). $29.95 (US) version upgrade pricing available to users of Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95.

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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