Cupertino, Calif. --December 11, 1997--Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world's leading supplier of anti-virus software products, will host two chats in the Palace, a unique virtual world chat environment, to raise awareness about computer viruses through discussion of the latest virus threats, hoaxes and tools to keep computers protected. Symantec's "Virus Masters" Alex Haddox and Carey Nachenberg will host the chats on Monday, Dec. 15, 7-8 p.m. PST at the InterActive Agency Palace (http://www.thepalace.com/sites/egghead3.html).
Chat participants can test their knowledge of computer viruses and win copies of the award-winning Norton AntiVirus 4.0, featuring Symantec's exclusive Bloodhound technology.
"With 10 to 15 new computer viruses created every day, it is practically impossible for the consumer to keep up with the virus threat and determine their most vulnerable moments. Their critical data may be in great jeopardy and they wouldn't even know it," says Alex Haddox, product manager for the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). "By taking the time to speak directly with users, we hope to educate them on the threats, their vulnerabilities and where the real threats lie. Our goal is to reduce unneeded concern about computer viruses and focus on where the real problems are. These forums are the perfect venue to address their questions and concerns that they might not be able to get answers to elsewhere."
At 7 p.m. PST on Dec. 15, Symantec's Haddox joins the InterActive Agency Palace. Haddox oversees the direction of 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. Haddox has been with Symantec for six years, starting in 1991 on the Norton Desktop for Windows technical support team. He has written user documentation for Norton AntiVirus, and as a member of the Platinum Support group, advised Fortune 500 corporate clients and the Symantec sales force on anti-virus issues.
At 7 p.m. PST on Dec. 17, Symantec's Nachenberg, principal software engineer for Norton AntiVirus, will join the Egghead Computer Palace. Nachenberg is responsible for researching and developing new technologies for the Norton AntiVirus family of products. He has worked at Symantec for seven years as a software engineer and architect on Norton Commander, Norton Desktop for DOS and Norton AntiVirus. Nachenberg has designed and developed numerous anti-virus technologies including the NAV 3.0 engine, the Striker system, Symantec's Bloodhound and NAVEX modular engine technologies.
To participate in either of these chats, users need the Palace, a unique virtual world chat program which allows people to communicate interactively with others via the Internet, with the added value of pictures and sounds. Registered users of The Palace client software can create a unique personal appearance by importing their own photos and graphics or using images included with The Palace software package. The trial version of The Palace may be downloaded (for Mac or Windows) at http://www.thepalace.com/support/upgrades/index.html.
Current Palace users may access the two chats directly by pointing their browsers to palace://iagency.thepalace.com:9998 or palace://palace.eggheadcomputer.com:9998, respectively. Note that this Palace URL configuration is not yet supported on newer browser versions Internet Explorer 4.0 and Netscape 4.0.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
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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