Cupertino, Calif. --June 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in utilities and anti-virus software, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 4.0 has been awarded PC World's 1998 World Class Award for best anti-virus software for the second consecutive year. Norton AntiVirus continued to outperform the competition in detecting and repairing computer viruses. The World Class Award winners were announced in the July 1998 issue of PC World and will be presented during PC Expo in New York.
"The World Class Awards are synonymous with the best products in the industry," said Cathryn Baskin, editor-in-chief of PC World. "Throughout the year, we search out the standout players in hardware and software for our readers. The World Class Awards allow us to shine the spotlight on the outstanding products and companies that have consistently proven to be top performers in the marketplace."
Norton AntiVirus 4.0 answers users' demands for a cost-effective, easy-to-use anti-virus solution that can be installed, set, and forgotten. The product protects all the possible entry points for viruses, including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks. Norton AntiVirus provides users with 100 percent detection and repair of in-the-wild viruses, according to recent tests by Virus Bulletin. In addition, Norton AntiVirus users receive cutting-edge protection against unknown file, boot and macro viruses with Symantec's revolutionary Bloodhound heuristic technology, which analyze programs, detect unknown or new viruses, and enable the user to repair the infected file immediately. Users are also protected against other forms of malicious code including Trojan Horses, Java and ActiveX.
"The numerous repeat awards Norton AntiVirus has received over the years is testament to the consistent quality we continue to offer our customers from version to version," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Despite the awards, we don't stop improving on the product. The experienced Norton AntiVirus team is constantly striving for better ways to serve our customers and continue to add market-leading enhancements to the industry's best anti-virus solution."
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus has received every major editorial award since its introduction, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus Utility for the third year in a row, PC World's Best Buy award, PC Computing's MVP Award and Windows Magazine's Win 100 Award.
Celebrating its 16th year, the respected World Class Awards honor the top hardware, software and Web products in the computer industry. To select the best of the best, PC World's editors, testers and contributors examined the entire gamut of products that have appeared in the magazine over the past year. Hundreds of products in 60 categories were judged on performance, value, consistency and innovation. The magazine also polled its readers to name the best companies for hardware and software support, and for buying computers via mail-order or online.
Symantec is the worldwide leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Our products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com. A report on the meeting with financial analysts in New York will be available from June 10 on Symantec's investor relations web page at >www.symantec.com/invest/index.html.
Symantec Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains some forward looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 3, 1998.