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Symantec Increases Dominance of PC Data

Five out of the top 10 best-selling business software products in February 1998 are Norton

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 31, 1998 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in utilities and anti-virus software, dominated sales of Windows business software in February 1998 with its Norton product range, according to figures released by independent research firm PC Data. Based on units sold, five of the top ten selling Windows business products for that month are produced by Symantec.

The latest sales figures continue the momentum Symantec established in September 1997 when the company's products occupied two of the top ten positions and Norton AntiVirus became the second largest-selling Windows business product next to Microsoft's Windows 95 Upgrade package. In December 1997 and January 1998 Symantec software accounted for four of the top ten products on the list.

Norton AntiVirus continues to lead the Symantec product line for Windows business software sales in the PC Data list in February, taking the number three and eight positions with the Standard and Deluxe editions respectively. Norton Crashguard Deluxe debuted as the ninth best-selling product in the month.

"Symantec's leadership of the PC Data list demonstrates the diverse range of customer needs that our products satisfy. We have announced five consecutive record quarters for profit and revenue and just about every month our share of the PC Data top ten increases. The fact that Norton Uninstall Deluxe and Norton Crashguard Deluxe feature in the list having only been in the market for four months is a great indication of our success in identifying customer needs and satisfying them," said Dana Siebert Vice President Americas.

PC Data statistics show that Symantec continues to be the market leader in anti-virus for all platforms with 45 percent market share in February in terms of revenue. And a 56 percent market share measured in revenue of the disk, file and diagnostic utilities sector* in February re-affirmed Norton Utilities' leadership.

Siebert concluded: "PC Data's independent figures show that by working with our channel partners, the Norton brand continues to be the preferred choice for consumers across the country."

About PC Data
PC Data's Retail Report is based on units sold by 42 retail and mail order chains, representing more than 70 percent of the total US retail market.

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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