CUPERTINO, Calif. --April 28, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) the world's leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products, today announced that ZDNet supplied researchers at the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) with a virus sample found by ZDNet's Software Library. SARC developed the detection in a matter of hours and provided ZDNet a repair shortly thereafter. The virus, named Weed.5850, is an encrypted file infecting virus that attempts to infect executable files. By the end of the month Symantec will also publish a complete virus detection and repair solution for the Weed.5850 computer virus on its web site at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter.
"The minute we received the virus sample from ZDNet, our researchers jumped on the problem and within eight hours provided a detection and repair solution to ZDNet," said Alex Haddox, product manager for SARC. "Our ability to provide a speedy response illustrates SARC's commitment to not only protecting our partners like ZDNet, and their customers, but all computer users." ZDNet discovered the virus before it was posted on Software Library.
Brief Information on the Weed.5850 Virus
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
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 and detection or 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.
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. Researchers have documented 515 macro viruses as of late March 1997, a significant increase since August 1996, when there were only 42. Of these, 505 viruses have been documented for Word, while 10 have been found in Excel documents.
AntiVirus Support Services
Symantec's family of anti-virus products are backed by unsurpassed information, technology, and customer service. In addition to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), virus information and updates can be obtained through the Virus Hotline (541) 9-VIRUS-9. Downloadable virus definition updates are available from the Symantec BBS, the Symantec FTP and Web sites, CompuServe, America Online and the Microsoft Network. For customers who do not have online access, a quarterly disk-based update subscription service is available for an annual fee of $39.95 plus tax.
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 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 network 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 (800) 441-6054 toll free or (541) 334-6054.
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