Cupertino, Calif --October 20, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98 is now included on the free Bonus Pack for Norton SystemWorks, the industry's first wholly integrated suite of utility and anti-virus products.
Norton SystemWorks is comprised of Symantec's award-winning utility and anti-virus products: Norton Utilities, Norton AntiVirus, Norton CrashGuard, and a six-month subscription to Norton Web Services. The free Bonus Pack of individual products includes Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98 as well as four of Symantec's popular communications and Internet products: Norton Mobile Essentials, Visual Page, WinFax Basic Edition, and pcANYWHERE Express. Together, the Norton SystemWorks package and Bonus Pack represents a retail value totaling over $500.
"Norton SystemWorks is the first comprehensive, integrated suite of utilities. Much more than a bundle, we have integrated the best-selling Norton products through our integration technologies and a single, easy-to-use interface," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "By including Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98 with the free Bonus Pack, we are able to offer users a high-quality uninstall utility that will help improve their systems' performance."
Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98, which PC Magazine called "one of those gotta-have utilities," safely and accurately removes any 32- or 16-bit application. It supports long filenames, the system registry, drag-and-drop, and other Windows 95 features.
Superior Integration, Ease of Use, and Value
Norton SystemWorks was designed specifically to provide consumers a comprehensive, completely integrated solution to keep their computers working. Much more than a bundle, Norton SystemWorks gives users everything they need in one box -- one install, one product update center, one manual, one support line, one emergency disk set, and a single, easy-to-use interface. Each product in the Norton SystemWorks suite is part of the Norton family of products that were designed and developed to work together. These products were then integrated using Symantec's proprietary integration technologies, thereby eliminating the problems associated with bundled offerings.
Norton SystemWorks vs. McAfee Office
An integrated suite like Norton SystemWorks differs from a bundled offering like Network Associates' (Nasdaq: NETA) McAfee Office in several notable areas:
Norton SystemWorks requires a single install and registration. McAfee Office requires the user to install and register each product separately and in a prescribed order, then reboot after every installation. In addition, after each install, the manual prompts McAfee Office users with the following: "Make sure after each installation that you restart and test your system to make sure there are no conflicts with existing software before installing additional components."
Each product in Norton SystemWorks was developed at Symantec. Out of McAfee Office's ten products, only two were originally developed by Network Associates; two others were originally developed by Helix, four by CyberMedia, one by PGP, and another by Netopia. This "kitchen sink" approach results in overlapping product functionality, significant incompatibility issues, limited interface consistency, and overall mismanagement of system resources. For example, McAfee Office includes three versions of WinGauge-one from Nuts & Bolts, one from Hurricane, and a third from 2000 ToolBox. Beyond the duplicate functionality and space requirements, this can cause resource problems when each scan runs simultaneously.
Norton SystemWorks ships with a 150-page manual that covers all products in the suite. McAfee Office ships with a 22-page user guide that includes only install information and brief product descriptions. For more in-depth documentation, McAfee Office users must go online to access individual product manuals.
Because Norton SystemWorks is a single package, it places one icon on the desktop. McAfee Office places 10 icons on the desktop. In addition, if a Norton SystemWorks user chooses to not install a product, the Norton SystemWorks Integrator shows a gray button indicating that the product is not installed. If a McAfee Office user chooses to not install a product, the McAfee Office Central is unchanged. Instead, a user trying to access an uninstalled product receives an error message.
Rescue disk sets
Upon installation of the product, Norton SystemWorks users are prompted to make a single rescue disk for emergency use. McAfee Office users are prompted to create rescue or emergency disks after installing Nuts & Bolts, 2000 ToolBox, VirusScan, and Guard Dog. In addition, First Aid also offers to create yet another emergency disk. As a result, knowing which disk to use in case of an emergency is confusing and difficult.
Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks is available now at a suggested retail price of US$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, 103 MB Disk Space for all 5 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).
Merger Agreement to Acquire Quarterdeck
Recently, Symantec announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Quarterdeck Corporation. Quarterdeck is a recognized technology leader in the software utilities and communications markets. Symantec's acquisition of Quarterdeck will provide leading edge technologies to complement Symantec products.
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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