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Symantec Announces Norton AntiVirus For Microsoft Exchange Server

Product protects users from known and unknown viruses with the latest anti-virus technologies

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 30, 1998 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in utilities and anti-virus software, today announced Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Microsoft Exchange Server, the latest addition to the company's suite of award-winning, comprehensive virus protection products. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange works in real time to scan, detect, and repair viruses found in Microsoft Exchange environments without inhibiting or degrading server performance or stability. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange includes Symantec's unsurpassed Bloodhound technology, which is able to detect and repair both new and unknown viruses automatically.

"Today's groupware environments have become critical business communication hubs and as viruses continue to proliferate and jeopardize the integrity of corporate information exchange, the need for aggressive virus protection increases," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange, Symantec offers administrators and users the most exhaustive first line of defense available to eliminate this growing threat."

As the number of Microsoft Exchange users grows exponentially every day, so does the possibility of distributing potentially devastating viruses. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange scans all incoming files and attachments in real time, and uses Symantec's superior Bloodhound heuristic technology to detect as well as repair both unknown and known viruses at the groupware server before they reach the desktop or the network. With the inclusion of Bloodhound, Norton AntiVirus for MS Exchange leads the current anti-virus product field in virus detection and removal.

Administrators can use the management console in Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange for flexible, centralized virus administration that eliminates the need to move from one server to another to change a setting or monitor virus activity. In addition, installing and configuring Norton AntiVirus for MS Exchange on remote servers can be accomplished from a single central console.

Administrators will find Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange easy to use and configure. With features such as e-mail alerting for repair and quarantine notification, HTML-based configuration and documentation, and a log update detailing critical events, administrators receive the information they need to help them maintain a virus-free environment.

Sustaining a clean system is achieved with other features that also minimize performance impact to servers. A new feature called OneScan™ eases administration by scanning message attachments only once--regardless of the number of intended recipients. In addition, Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange uses a feature called scan-caching to reduce performance degradation. Also used in Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT Servers and NetWare, Scan-caching tags files when they are scanned, so the next time a scan is run, tagged files are skipped, unless the file has changed.

To ensure that virus definitions are current, administrators can simply use LiveUpdate to download up-to-the-minute definitions and ensure that each server remains completely protected against the latest threats. These updates are automatically delivered and fully tested at all times.

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange is part of Symantec's suite of multi-tier virus protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, groupware servers, Internet, and gateway levels. Symantec's NAV products have received numerous awards since January 1998, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 as well as 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility, PC World's Best Buy, PC Computing's A-List, and Network Computing's Editor-Refuses-to-Give-it-Back.

Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange will be available in July and will be priced at $795 per server with 25 users. Site licenses are also available.

System Requirements
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange requires an Intel system running Windows NT Server 3.51 with Service Pack 4 or 4.0 with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Exchange Server version 4.0 or higher, 64MB of RAM minimum, 20MB of free hard disk space and Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 3.0 or higher.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
NAV for MS Exchange 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.

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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