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Symantec Offers Free Download of Norton Speed Disk Preview for Windows NT 4.0

Norton Speed Disk Preview for Windows NT 4.0 Available on Symantec's BBS and FTP & Web Sites, CompuServe, America Online, The Microsoft Network

CUPERTINO Calif. -- December 17, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world wide leader in utility software, today expanded its comprehensive cross-platform optimization solution with the Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT 4.0 (NSD/NT). Norton Speed Disk is a disk defragmenter for both Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server and supports both NTFS and FAT drive systems.

Harry Wan, Product Unit Manager for Windows Utilities said, “Symantec is committed to providing a complete set of utilities for Windows NT. The Norton Speed Disk Preview is one component of the Norton Utilities for Windows NT that will be released in Q1 '97. Norton Utilities 2.0 for Windows NT brings our award winning Norton technology to the Windows NT environment.” Easily Tunes Up the Windows NT 4.0 System
Norton Speed Disk is a must have for any Windows NT server or workstation, since Windows NT itself does not include a defragmenter and the NTFS file system does become fragmented. Speed Disk improves system performance by defragmenting the files and free space on the hard disk. In the upcoming Norton Utilities 2.0 for Windows NT, the Norton System Doctor will automatically monitor the fragmentation on the hard drive and automatically optimizes and/or notifies the user when the drive needs to be optimized.

Speed Disk supports both FAT 16 and NTFS file systems and can be selected to run continuously in the background, or optionally to have System Doctor launching Speed Disk only as needed. Speed Disk allows smooth multi-tasking, unobtrusively optimizing the hard disk while the user continues to work. Speed Disk can continue the defragmentation process without starting over, even when the user accesses and writes to the hard drive.

Leading-Edge Technology for High-End Technical Users
Norton Utilities for Windows NT 4.0 will be a comprehensive package which provides high-end users access to the tools they need. Scientists, developers, statisticians, financial workstation users, medical workstation users, and MIS/IS professionals who work on Windows NT 4.0 platform will find that NU/NT will optimize and speed system performance, recover accidentally erased files and repair hard problems, making the NT system perform at top level.

Download Requirements
Norton Speed Disk Preview for Windows NT 4.0 (2MB) requires Intel 80486/33 or better (Uniprocessor and Multiprocessor); EGA, VGA, or SVGA Video; 8.5MB free hard disk space and 16MB RAM (minimum); NT Workstation 4.0 or greater, or NT Server 4.0 or greater.

In addition to Norton Speed Disk Preview for NT, Symantec also offers Expose intelligent server management.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, such as Windows 95 and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the company's quarterly report on form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 27, 1996.

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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