Cupertino, Calif. --June 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in antivirus and utilities software, today announced that Norton AntiVirus, Norton Utilities and Norton Uninstall Deluxe each have been awarded the prestigious 1998 Win 100 Award by CMP's Windows Magazine more awards than any other software publisher in the utilities category. The software products were selected, among the thousands that come to market every year, for their innovative features and superior performance in antivirus protection, problem-solving and optimization capabilities, and safe removal of unwanted programs and files from the hard drive. The winners are featured in a special June 6 issue of Windows Magazine.
"It is a tremendous honor to receive three Win 100 awards and to know that we have earned more awards in the utilities category than any other single competitor," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Such distinction for three different Norton products highlights Symantec's leadership in the utilities category and our commitment to deliver unparalleled software solutions for our customers."
Windows Magazine singles out the 100 most outstanding software and hardware products available on the market from among the thousands that are introduced each year. A group of experienced PC product review specialists places each product nominee through rigorous, real-world tests based on criteria ranging from out-of-box experience to value.
Norton AntiVirus 4.0 provides users with the most comprehensive virus detection and repair available today. It uses revolutionary Bloodhound heuristic technology to supply users with a detection and repair solution for both known and unknown viruses. The award-winning Norton AntiVirus also features LiveUpdate which automatically updates users with the latest virus definitions and can be scheduled in advance. Norton AntiVirus 4.0 protects against virus threats and gives users the security of knowing they have the most complete protection whether downloading files from the Internet, opening attached word documents or accessing floppy disks.
Widely recognized as the experts' choice for solving serious computer problems, Norton Utilities 3.0 provides the most complete and powerful set of utilities available for safe and reliable computing. The product's new and advanced problem-solving, disaster recovery and optimization capabilities are designed to intelligently tune and optimize the user's system for crash protection, provide continuous detection and correction of hardware and software problems, and offer unrivaled performance optimization.
Norton Uninstall Deluxe is the safest way to remove, move, copy or store unwanted programs and files from the hard drive to free up space. It features revolutionary new InstallGuard technology which allows users to "undo" the last program installation, rendering a computer system back to its original configuration beforehand. By doing so, any problems like software conflicts or performance flaws from a newly installed program can be undone. Norton Uninstall Deluxe also includes AutoClean, a feature that can be set to automatically eliminate junk files like Internet cache files and temporary files, every time the computer is booted.
CMP Media's Windows Magazine is an essential resource for more than 800,000 Windows technology buyers. Each month, these readers turn to the publication for reliable advice on what products to buy and how best to integrate those products in business. The publication features high-level, authoritative, product-focused coverage, including news, reviews, features, how-to's and opinionated columns from industry veterans, including Editor Mike Elgan. Windows Magazine's Web site can be found at http://www.winmag.com.
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.