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Symantec Announces Norton AntiVirus for NetWare 4.0

Solution Offers Customers the Most Complete Virus Protection for NetWare Servers

Cupertino, Calif. --December 10, 1997--Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for NetWare 4.0, a major upgrade that makes NAV for NetWare the most complete virus protection available for NetWare servers. NAV for NetWare 4.0 offers administrators comprehensive virus detection and repair capabilities for the NetWare platform through the latest advancements in anti-virus technologies from the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC), including LiveUpdate, Bloodhound and Striker technologies.

"NAV for NetWare 4.0 provides NetWare users with the superior, up-to-date virus detection and removal technology they demand," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "By utilizing SARC's breakthrough technologies that detect and eliminate the viruses of today as well as tomorrow -- including new, unknown, and polymorphic viruses -- NAV for NetWare 4.0 is the ultimate anti-virus solution for NetWare servers."

NetWare administrators can be assured that viruses will almost never reach their servers with Bloodhound protecting their systems. Unlike most anti-virus scanners that can only identify pre-analyzed viruses, Bloodhound uses advanced heuristics technology to detect 80% of unknown and new file viruses. Bloodhound analyzes a program's behavior within a virtual environment and categorizes its behavior to determine whether it is a virus. If Bloodhound concludes that the program is a virus, it prevents its ability to spread infection. NetWare administrators can configure NAV for NetWare 4.0 to remove viruses in real time, on demand, or through a scheduled scan.

NAV for NetWare 4.0 also uses Bloodhound-Macro technology to quickly identify and eliminate macro viruses, today's fastest growing viruses. While other anti-virus products require users to contact their software vendors to repair viruses that the software itself cannot yet detect and repair, Bloodhound-Macro detects and repairs macro viruses generically, automatically eliminating most new macro virus strains and reducing the need for costly and repetitive interaction with a software vendor. Bloodhound-Macro detects and repairs more than 90% of all macro viruses.

It is crucial for users to keep virus definitions up-to-date or risk rendering their computers vulnerable to the hundreds of new viruses that surface every month. NAV for NetWare 4.0's LiveUpdate feature updates users with the latest virus definitions and can be scheduled in advance. LiveUpdate will then continue to unobtrusively update virus definitions in order to ensure that each user workstation remains completely protected against the latest threats. These updates, which continue for the life of the product, are automatically delivered and fully tested at all times.

NAV for NetWare 4.0 also includes Symantec's patented Striker technology, which detects and eradicates polymorphic viruses. Because of the complexity of the encryption, polymorphic viruses are often difficult to detect using conventional methods such as signature-scanning. Striker, however, like Bloodhound, runs the potentially infected file in a virtual environment. Once the virus is unencrypted, Striker easily identifies the polymorphic virus and repairs it.

Unlike other anti-virus products, NAV for NetWare 4.0 uses an extensible engine, which enables administrators to maintain cost-free and complete protection for their NetWare servers without having to update or reinstall each time a new virus is discovered. This extensible engine can be reprogrammed every month with downloaded virus definitions.

Norton AntiVirus Product Line
NAV for NetWare 4.0 is part of the Norton multi-tier anti-virus family of products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, Internet, and gateway levels. NAV for NetWare scans all files whether they come from a DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows NT, or Macintosh system.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
NAV for NetWare 4.0 is backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). SARC is the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center's 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 for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.

Pricing and Availability
NAV for NetWare 4.0 will be available in mid-December. The suggested retail price for one server and 10 workstations is $499.95. Site licenses are also available. For a free 30-day trial version, visit the Symantec web site at

System Requirements
NAV for NetWare 4.0 requires NetWare 3.11 and higher, Windows 95 machine with 4MB of RAM and 4MB of hard disk space. The workstation configuration component requires Windows 3.1 enhanced mode or above and 5MB hard disk space.

About Symantec
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

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