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Norton AntiVirus Awarded PC World's Respected "1998 Best Buy" Award

NAV 4.0 Outperforms All Competing Anti-Virus Products, Including McAfee VirusScan, Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus and PC-cillin Anti-Virus

Cupertino, Calif. --February 18, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 4.0 won this year's renowned "Best Buy" award from PC World magazine, one of the world's most influential and reputable trade publications. In the March 1998 issue, PC World editors selected NAV 4.0 over seven competitors' products, securing NAV's position as the most powerful and comprehensive virus protection available today.

Calling NAV "a feature-packed program with almost perfect test results, a superb interface, and the best documentation of the lot," editor Stan Miastkowski also praised NAV's ease of use and superior updating abilities. "NAV comes chock-full of scanning options," Miastkowski wrote. "Norton holds your hand through virus detection and removal and tells you exactly what's going on at each step of the way, which few of the others do."

The "Best Buy" honor from PC World is the latest in a series of prestigious awards Norton AntiVirus has earned in the first six weeks of this year, including PC Magazine's "Best AntiVirus Utility in 1997", PC/Computing's "A-List," Network Computing's "Editor Refuses to Give it Back!" and Secure Computing's "Recommended" awards.

"Receiving this notable award from yet another of the world's most popular and distinguished publications confirms NAV's place as the anti-virus product of choice for users who require complete virus protection in a robust and intuitive package," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "We will continue to engineer solutions that not only raise the bar for the entire computing industry, but ensure that the user community enjoys products that are carefully tailored to meet the most exhaustive requirements."

Norton AntiVirus 4.0 is part of Symantec's suite of multi-platform virus protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, Internet, and gateway levels. NAV 4.0 provides users with detection and repair of in-the-wild viruses. In addition, NAV 4.0 users receive cutting-edge protection against unknown viruses with Symantec's revolutionary Bloodhound technology. While most anti-virus scanners are only able to identify viruses that have been pre-analyzed by virus researchers, the Bloodhound system uses heuristic technology to analyze programs, detect unknown or new viruses, and enable the user to repair the infected file immediately.

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 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

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