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Symantec Announces National Virus Awareness Month Retail Promotion

Virus Awareness Month Promotion Includes National Advertising, Retail Demo Days, Product Rebates, Channel Promotions, an Electronic SARC News Update for Customers and SARC News Bureau for Media

CUPERTINO, Calif. --February 18, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today announced Virus Awareness Month, a nationwide retail promotional campaign focusing on building virus awareness from February 15 through March 15, 1997. With over 100 new computer viruses created every month, Symantec has designated Virus Awareness Month to help educate computer users about new virus threats, using the well-known Michelangelo virus trigger date of March 6th as a message vehicle. As the worldwide leader in virus detection and repair technology, Symantec is also the world's largest supplier of anti-virus technology featured in products that are the protection of choice for more than 15 million users worldwide.

"Because of the tremendous growth in communications via the Internet, computer virus threats are on the rise. Symantec is committed to protecting our customers from viruses, therefore we have established Virus Awareness Month," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Six to nine new computer viruses are discovered every day. Symantec AntiVirus products give users the security of knowing that they have the most complete virus protection possible, whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening e-mail attached Word documents or accessing floppy disks." According to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), there are an alarming number of new macro viruses. Researchers have documented 259 macro viruses as of early February 1997, a significant increase from August 1996, when there were only 42.

Virus Awareness Month activities are directed at both consumers and corporate end-users. Norton AntiVirus provides flexible and adaptable anti-virus security solutions and includes three tiers of protection, from desktops to networks to Internet connections, as well as multi-platform support. Virus Awareness Month includes a corporate advertising campaign from March through April with ads running in weekly technology publications targeted to corporate customers and focusing on Symantec's total anti-virus solution. A nationwide channel promotion features Norton AntiVirus demo days about 153 retail stores (February 15 - March 15, 1997), $10 off purchase coupons, Virus Awareness brochures and in-store posters, supported by a newspaper advertising campaign in major markets. Ads include a special 1-800 number for consumers to call for information on demo days in their area. Licensed customers will also receive the new SARC AntiVirus News Update electronic newsletter. Users may access the demo schedule, the coupon, and sign up for the SARC electronic newsletter by going to the Symantec web site at www.symantec.com.

Additionally, the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) will be observing Virus Awareness Week (March 3 - March 7), focusing on virus detection and eradication with the support of the new SARC News Bureau, an information center for the press only, where editors can contact the SARC News Bureau via a special toll-free number to obtain information about computer virus threats and anti-virus products to disseminate to the public.

The Products
Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 for Microsoft Windows 95 -- gives users the security of knowing that they have the most complete virus protection possible, whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening attached Word documents or accessing floppy disk. This latest version of Norton AntiVirus integrates a wide variety of enhancements, focused on expanded Internet functionality, ease-of-use, consistently and current protection and security. Key features include: LiveUpdate, providing one button access to the latest virus definition updates; Striker, a next generation scanning engine that scans for the latest and most elusive polymorphic viruses; and Repair Wizard which guides users through the potentially intimidating process of virus elimination. US$69.95 ERP, US$29.95 upgrade.

Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 for Microsoft Windows NT -- provides the most complete and effective anti-virus protection for organizations using and migrating to Windows NT as it becomes a corporate standard at the desktop and server. NAV 2.0 for Windows NT is the first anti-virus product from Symantec to protect both servers and workstations operating under Windows NT 4.0 and Windows NT 3.51 from computer viruses transmitted over the Internet, through Intranets, attached to electronic mail, hidden in compressed files, or on floppy disks, hard drives, CD-ROMs, network drives and drives shared between peer machines. US$69.95 ERP, US$29.95 upgrade.

Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Internet Email Gateways -- This new product provides complete anti-virus protection for corporations using Internet e-mail based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), by catching and destroying viruses found in e-mail attachments before they invade corporate computer networks. Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Internet Email Gateway provides an unparalleled added level of protection at the Internet gateway. From US$1,4999.00 to US$5,999.00 depending on the number of users per SMTP server.

Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) 4.5 -- provides effortless up-to-date protection against most viruses inadvertently downloaded from the Internet. SAM can simply and easily be updated with the click of a button using Automatic Update. SAM also continues to provide detection and repair for all known Macintosh viruses including known HyperCard viruses, Trojan Horses, and Word Macro Viruses. US$69.00 ERP, US$29.95 upgrade.

Symantec's Leading AntiVirus Technology
Norton AntiVirus technology provides flexible and adaptable anti-virus security solutions. LiveUpdate revolutionizes the update process and provides end-users with an easy way to protect against both today's virus threats and those that will appear in the future. With the click of a button, LiveUpdate detects an Internet connection or modem, automatically connects it to a Symantec server, then downloads and installs the latest virus definitions. In addition to receiving Symantec's free monthly virus definition updates, LiveUpdate may also be used to install software patches and obtain product information. SARC's Seeker is an artificially intelligent web-spider system that crawls through the World Wide Web searching for new and unknown viruses. Seeker is based upon three of Symantec's advanced modular anti-virus technologies; the Seeker file retrieval system, the Bloodhound virus-trait (heuristic) scanner, and the Symantec AntiVirus Research Automation system (SARA). Bloodhound detects viruses by inspecting suspect files for virus-like behavior. The Bloodhound heuristic technology has been shown to detect upwards of 80% of new and unknown viruses. If a program exhibits such virus-like behavior, it is passed on for further analysis to SARA. The SARA module takes a virus sample, extracts the unique qualities of the virus, and develops a Symantec detection and repair scheme in under 5 minutes.

About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
SARC is comprised of one of the world's largest dedicated teams of virus experts whose sole mission is to work round-the-clock and 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 operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definitions updates are available to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet access charges) to registered users. Symantec is the only anti-virus company that provides its users virus definitions that are free of charge, easy to obtain and install, and updated monthly by SARC.

The press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is obtained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Proxy statement dated July 29, 1996, the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending December 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 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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