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Symantec Demonstrates Leadership in the Utilities Software Market

Norton Utilities for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 for Windows 95 and Internet FastFind Sweep PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards

CUPERTINO, Calif. --March 24, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world’s leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software today announced that three of its products including Norton Utilities for Windows 95, Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 2.0 for Windows 95 and Internet FastFind have received PC Magazine’s prestigious Editors’ Choice awards as cited in The 1997 Utility Guide, April 8, 1997 issue. Symantec’s Norton Utilities for Windows 95 was recognized with an overall Editors’ Choice among the Utilities category and is designated by PC Magazine as “an essential you shouldn’t be without ...”

“The fact that PC Magazine has chosen three of Symantec’s leading utilities and anti-virus products again this year simply confirms our leadership role in the utilities software arena,” said Enrique Salem, Vice President of Symantec’s Securities and Assistance Business Unit. “We are also very proud of these Editors’ Choice awards because they reassure customers that Symantec is making a serious commitment to the quality and currency of its products.” The 1996 PC Data Hits List of Top Selling Software listed Norton AntiVirus for Windows 95 as the number two best-selling product among U.S. retail channels, second only to Windows 95 sales.

According to the publication, “Norton Utilities for Windows 95 is the latest version of a package that has been considered essential since the beginning of the desktop computing revolution.” Further, in summing up the Antivirus Utilities category, the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice review states, “Like most of the products tested, NAV is certified by the NCSA to protect against known viruses, and it performed as billed. Test results alone don’t set NAV apart, but its clean, easy-to-use interface remains impressive.” Under the category of OffLine Search Tools, PC Magazine found that Internet FastFind delivers the most complete set of components when searching the Web including “a good interface to make the package easy to use.”

Since PC Magazine implemented its current review system, thousands of products have been put through its rigorous performance tests annually. This year in the Antivirus Utilities category, Norton AntiVirus for Windows received a 100% rating from PC Magazine in detection and repair capabilities, posting perfect scores on the Wild List, boot-sector, and macro-repair tests. According to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), six to nine new computer viruses are discovered every day and, of those, there are an alarming number of new macro viruses which infect word processing and spreadsheet documents. Researchers have documented 369 macro viruses in early March 1997, a significant eight-fold increase from August 1996, when there were only 42. Of these, 360 viruses have been documented for Word, while 7 have been found in Excel documents. According to the National Computer Security Association (NCSA) since 1995, computer viruses have cost companies in the U.S. nearly $2 billion in lost data, repair costs, loss of productivity and more. Norton 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.

The Products

  • Norton Utilities for Windows 95-- the only 32-bit automatic data recovery and continuous system protection solutions for Windows 95 that automatically provides the safest computing environment and improved system performance. US$79 Estimated Retail Price (ERP).
  • Norton AntiVirus 2.0 for Windows 95 -- comprehensive 32-bit anti-virus protection for Windows 95. Full anti-virus protection designed specifically to protect files from virus infection in Windows 95 with emphases on ease of use, configurability and unobtrusive operation. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest free virus definition updates. US$79 Estimated Retail Price (ERP).
  • Internet FastFind—includes eight components for searching the Web and FTP sites by using all the top Web search engines simultaneously, providing unduplicated results in seconds. The product provides automatic alerts to changes to favorite web sites and allows access to the latest patches and drivers for systems via automatic connection. US$50 Estimated Retail Price (ERP).
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 around-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.

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, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (541) 334-6054 or toll free (800) 441-7234.

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