CUPERTINO, Calif. --November 12, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of anti-virus software products, announced today that it will host two chats on TalkCity to raise awareness about computer viruses and utilities through discussion of the latest virus threats, hoaxes and tools to keep computers protected. The chats will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m. PST and 6 p.m. PST on TalkCity's Computers and Technology Channel. Chat participants can test their knowledge of computer viruses and win copies of the recently released Norton Utilities for Macintosh.
"More than 80 percent of all computer virus problems are caused by macro viruses which represent only 10 percent of the virus strains currently known," said Alex Haddox, "Virus Master" and product manager for the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). " With the number of macro viruses growing at 10 to 40 percent each month, it is critical that computer users understand the threat and know how to protect themselves. These online chats are a perfect opportunity for consumers to talk directly with researchers dedicated to eradicating computer viruses."
Haddox joins TalkCity's "Computer City" at 10:30 a.m. PST during the TalkCity Career Fair, which will address an audience of college students, high school seniors and those men and women wishing to enter or change careers. Haddox oversees the direction of the SARC and is responsible for the monthly Norton AntiVirus updates in which new virus definitions are added to the Norton AntiVirus and Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh databases of known viruses. Users can join Haddox's chat by entering www.talkcity.com/channels/computers_and_technology.html, and then moving the "Advice and Support" scrollbar to "Computer Talk."
At 6 p.m. PST, Symantec's David Loomstein, product manager for the Macintosh utilities and anti-virus family of products, will join the TalkCity MacTalk Forum. Loomstein is responsible for managing the development of products including Norton Utilities for Macintosh (NUM), Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM), SAM Administrator and Suitcase for Macintosh. Users can join Loomstein's chat by entering www.talkcity.com/channels/computers_and_technology.html,and then moving the "Advice and Support" scrollbar to "MacTalk."
Regularly throughout the chats, participants will have an opportunity to win the latest version of Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software, featuring Symantec's exclusive Bloodhound technology, the award-winning Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh or the top-selling Norton Utilities for Macintosh. By correctly answering anti-virus trivia questions, audience members can qualify for the software giveaways.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus product line is backed by the worldwide support of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center. SARC comprises a dedicated team of virus experts who provide swift responses to local and global computer threats, actively researching and developing technologies to eliminate such threats, and educating the public on safe computing practices.
As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection of 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 the LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet 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.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton Product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax, and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Café product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan, and several fast-growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California, and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054, or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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