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Symantec's Norton Ghost Garners High Praise from Editors, Reviewers

- Rave Reviews in from InfoWorld, PC/Computing, PC Week, and Windows Magazine -

Cupertino, Calif --September 15, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that since its acquisition of Ghost disk-cloning software from Binary Research Limited in June, the product has received accolades from many of the industry's most prestigious trade publications. Norton Ghost is the industry's leading disk-cloning technology. The product is used by more than half of the Fortune 500, and nearly four million seats of Norton Ghost have been installed in the last 20 months. Symantec purchased Ghost to enhance the company's solutions for corporate customers by providing them software tools that help management PC systems more effectively and cost efficiently.

Symantec recently unveiled its Norton-branded Ghost product, Norton Ghost. Norton Ghost enables users to copy the entire contents of one disk to another or to a disk image file. They can, in turn, use the image file as a template to create copies of the original disk.

Norton Ghost reduces the time to install a typical 300MB Windows 95 system from an hour-with substantial operator input-to just five minutes-with no operator input required. Multicast allows multiple workstations to be installed at the same time, which further improves efficiency. Norton Ghost can make complete backups of disks, even copying "in-use" system files that are missed by other backup utilities.

In the September 1998 issue of PC/Computing, editor Dave Johnson gave Norton Ghost the publication's top five-star rating, calling the product "an essential part of your toolkit" for managing multiple hard disks or images. Referring to the multicast capabilities in Norton Ghost, Johnson singled out the solution's value as a network imaging tool as well as a single hard-drive copier.

The September 1998 edition of Windows Magazine also praised Norton Ghost's multicast features, naming Norton Ghost to the magazine's esteemed WinList of recommended products. "[The product] is one of the most sophisticated, yet inexpensive, pro-level disk-copying programs available," read the review. "There's almost no disk-copying problem you can't solve with Ghost," the review concluded.

The June 29, 1998, issue of InfoWorld included a product comparison featuring Norton Ghost and Quarterdeck's DiskClone. Editor Mike Avery gave Norton Ghost a rating of Excellent and DiskClone a rating of Good. "I found that the mature Ghost is still your best bet for reliable, fast system installation and disk duplication, " wrote Avery. "Ghost created this market and still has an edge in robustness and compression."

William Wong's positive review of Norton Ghost was featured in the July 6, 1998, issue of PC Week. Wong singled out Norton Ghost's outstanding performance and interoperability, writing, "The latest version of the speedy Ghost disk-cloning software has a new GUI and improved support for SCSI DAT, making a good product for rolling out operating systems and applications en masse even better."

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