Cupertino, Calif --September 17, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton SystemWorks, the industry's first integrated suite of utility and anti-virus products, is shipping. Norton SystemWorks is comprised of Symantec's award-winning utility and anti-virus products, including Norton Utilities, Norton AntiVirus, Norton CrashGuard, and a six-month subscription to Norton Web Services. In addition, each Norton SystemWorks package will include a free Norton System Works Bonus Pack containing Norton Mobile Essentials, Visual Page, WinFax Basic Edition, and pcANYWHERE Express. The complete package represents a retail value totaling $500.
"Today we are breaking new ground in empowering the PC public," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Sustaining our track-record of innovative firsts in the industry, we are offering our customers a product that features integrated tools for enhanced productivity and protection at an unrivaled value."
Norton SystemWorks was designed specifically to provide consumers a comprehensive, integrated, and flexible solution to keep their computers working. Norton SystemWorks gives users everything they need in one box, and with one manual and one support line.
"Symantec continues to reinforce its position as a leader in utility software by being first to market with innovative products such as this integrated suite that offers incredible value," said Larry Mondry, Executive Vice President of Merchandising, CompUSA.
"Our partnership with Symantec has never been stronger. Our companies share common values around customers and we're very pleased with the steps Symantec has taken to provide an excellent value to customers with Norton SystemWorks," said Jerre Stead, Chairman, Ingram Micro.
"I am pleased to see Symantec take an aggressive position in the market and believe they have positioned themselves well with the Norton SystemWorks product," Gary Arnold, Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Best Buy.
"Norton SystemWorks offers the functionality of four products in an integrated solution and at a price that will appeal to consumers looking for a great value," said Chris LeTocq, director/principal analyst at Dataquest. "This product provides an opportunity for consumers to one-stop-shop from the Norton brand."
Superior Integration and Value Using a single-vendor product suite such as Norton SystemWorks rather than offerings from multiple vendors benefits users in several ways. Norton SystemWorks gives users a comprehensive suite of high-quality, market-leading products that address problem solving, viruses, crashes, and outdated applications and drivers.
Because Norton engineers not only designed each product in the suite but also Norton SystemWorks itself, the product offers unsurpassed integration, thereby simplifying installation and start-up. Product integration features include a single install, single emergency disk set, and the Norton Integrator. The Integrator provides a single control panel for easy access to all the utilities included in Norton SystemWorks, and the products in Norton SystemWorks work together to detect and solve problems, eliminate viruses, and recover from system crashes.
In addition to providing superior integration, Norton SystemWorks delivers incredible value. The complete suite and Bonus Pack are 80 percent less expensive than purchasing competitive anti-virus and problem-solving software individually. Norton SystemWorks is a comprehensive set of award-winning products in best-selling utility categories for one low price.
With the addition of the free Bonus Pack, Norton SystemWorks represents an incomparable value which would retail over $500.
A Comprehensive Product Suite
Norton SystemWorks is the first and only comprehensive suite that offers users everything they need to keep their systems running safely, reliably, and at peak performance.
Norton Utilities, named MVP by PC Computing magazine, is included with Norton SystemWorks. Norton Utilities offers users unrivaled problem-solving power for their systems-detecting, repair, and preventing major and minor computer problems and optimizing systems to run at peak efficiency.
Norton SystemWorks also includes Norton AntiVirus, PC Magazine's perennial Editor's Choice Award winner. Norton AntiVirus provides the best detection of both in-the-wild and Word macro viruses, and detects and removes known, unknown, and unidentified viruses. Its LiveUpdate feature simplifies the process of downloading virus definition updates, thereby ensuring that users' systems are virus-free and protected from all possible sources of infection, including the Internet, floppy disks, e-mail attachments, shared files, and networks.
Norton SystemWorks protects users against data loss with Norton CrashGuard, which Family PC recently designated as a recommended product. Norton CrashGuard provides three times the crash protection of any competing product. It minimizes the chance of a system crash by utilizing award-winning Norton technology to find and solve disk problems. Norton CrashGuard updates installed software to reduce system problems and keep users' machines running smoothly.
Norton SystemWorks also includes Norton Web Services, a library of web-based programs designed to make computing easier and more reliable. Norton Web Services enables users to receive commercial and freeware/shareware software updates via a simple point-and-click interface. LiveUpdate Pro, a component of Norton Web Services, was recently called the best-designed update service product by PC Magazine. LiveUpdate Pro provides patches not only for Symantec products, but offers over 3,600 updates and drivers for other vendors' products as well.
Free Functionality Added with Norton System Works Bonus Pack The Bonus Pack that accompanies Norton SystemWorks includes four of Symantec's most popular products: Norton Mobile Essentials, Visual Page, WinFax Basic Edition, and pcANYWHERE Express.
Norton Mobile Essentials solves a major need for mobile PC users by providing tools to keep them productive when working away from the home or office, enabling them to prepare for trips, adjust software settings for new locations, and resolve communication problems.
Visual Page has been lauded as an easy to use web page creation management tool that helps everyone from beginners to seasoned web designers quickly create professional-looking web pages in an intuitive, WYSIWG environment.
WinFax Basic Edition is Windows-based software that enables users to send and receive faxes from their PCs - an especially important feature considering Windows 98 has no faxing capability.
pcANYWHERE Express is an ActiveX Control, Plug-in, and Java Client version of Symantec's popular remote control solution pcANYWHERE. pcANYWHERE Express is a collection of communication components that provide remote control capabilities within an Internet browser interface. With pcANYWHERE Express, users can remotely access data and control applications located on another PC.
Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks is available now at a suggested price of $99.95.
Norton SystemWorks requires an IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows 95/98, 486/66 or higher, 16MB RAM, 95MB hard disk space for typical installation - 115MB for complete installation, CD-ROM drive double-speed or higher, and 256-color VGA or better video.
Norton System Works Bonus Pack requires and IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows 95/98, Pentium 100 MHz or higher, 32 MB RAM, 89 MB Disk Space for all 4 products combined, VGA Video 256 color minimum (Super VGA recommended), CD-ROM drive, Fax Modem required: Class 1, Class 2, Class 2.0 (WinFax only) TCP/IP Network Protocol (pcANYWHERE EXPRESS only), and pcANYWHERE Host, version 8.0 or higher (pcANYWHERE EXPRESS only).
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec 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.
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