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Home Office Computing Names Norton Utilities Best Buy in Head-to-Head Product Matchup

- Norton Utilities called "the best of its kind" by the industry's most popular publication for savvy home PC users -

Cupertino, Calif --September 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton Utilities 3.0 was named Best Buy in the September 1998 issue of Home Office Computing magazine. Norton Utilities bested several competitors, including Safe & Sound from Network Associates and First Aid 98 Deluxe from Cybermedia/Network Associates. Publications worldwide continue to single out Norton Utilities 3.0 for its superior price/performance. Most recently, Norton Utilities was named to Windows Magazine's influential WinList as well as to PC Computing's prestigious A-List.

"Home Office Computing is recognized by many as the leading source of straightforward information on products that enhance productivity and profitability for professionals who demand reliable and cost-effective home office solutions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "As a result, we are honored that Home Office Computing recognizes the superior value, performance, ease-of-use, and home office suitability that Norton Utilities represents in a sophisticated and demanding home computing market."

In his review of several market-leading utilities products, editor Rick Broida wrote, "The great-granddaddy of PC troubleshooting and repair just keeps getting better. Norton Utilities 3.0 brings new optimization, backup, and diagnostics tools to the table, complementing an already outstanding problem-solving package." Norton Utilities 3.0 received a score of 8.8 out of 10 to merit the publication's Best Buy accreditation.

Offerings that competed with Norton Utilities 3.0 in the magazine's Crash-Helmet Software category-defined as an application that minimizes system trauma by diagnosing, repairing, and preventing the problems that cause computer crashes-included CheckIt 5.0 from Touchstone Software, First Aid 98 Deluxe from CyberMedia/Network Associates, RealHelp Extra Strength from Quarterdeck, and Safe & Sound from Network Associates. Products were tested and rated for value, performance, ease-of-use, and suitability for home office use.

"The venerable Norton Utilities bundle keeps getting better-and its modules more nicely integrated," continued Broida. "Clearly the best of its kind, NU goes a long way toward keeping your computer humming," he concluded.

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.

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