Cupertino, Calif. --February 6, 1998--Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) , the leading provider of anti-virus solutions, today announced that its Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Lotus Notes has been named a winner of Network Computing 's rare "Editor Refuses to Give it Back!" award. This accolade represents a seldom-given award reserved for products that provide exceptional reliability, performance and usability. Only four products received this award in 1997.
"We are extremely pleased that NAV for Lotus Notes has distinguished itself in Network Computing's rigorous review process and has been designated a recipient of this widely sought-after award," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Being awarded this prestigious prize from such a respected publication underscores Symantec's corporate mission to protect users' investments by offering products that meet customer needs."
In his enthusiastic review of the product in the Jan. 15, 1998, issue, Rich Neves, a senior LAN engineer with CMP Media, ran NAV for Lotus Notes through grueling tests that measured the product's ease of installation, setup and use and scrutinized performance levels and product capabilities.
In his report, Neves wrote, "The inclusion of Bloodhound technology, which sniffs out new viruses that are not in the signature files, gives it the strength of a platoon of Army Rangers, protecting your messaging flank from the onslaught of viruses. This, combined with simplified installation, an intuitive setup, and flawless performance that squashed nasty viruses, puts NAV for Notes high on the list of candidates for a medal of honor."
Because Notes administrators and customers require high performance from their databases, even during virus scanning, Neves set up several tests to assess the level of protection the product provided and to diagnose system performance. After setting up NAV for Notes, Neves sent 123 different viruses in file attachments-including ZIP, .EXE, and macro-infected files-over the Internet to "test the product's prowess . . . and NAV for Notes identified all of them," he said. In addition, Neves tested the performance effects of real-time scanning through AutoProtect and concluded, "There was no noticeable strain on the server because of this type of scanning."
NAV for Lotus Notes is part of Symantec's family of multi-tier virus protection products, which detects and eliminates virus threats at the desktop, server and gateway. NAV for Lotus Notes works in real time to scan, detect and repair viruses found in Notes database and mail file attachments.
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 Cafe 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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