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Four Symantec Products Named PC Computing 1998 MVP Award Finalists

Norton Utilities, Norton AntiVirus, ACT! and Visual Café Again Rated as Industry's Top-Performing Products

Cupertino, Calif --October 29, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton Utilities 3.0, Norton AntiVirus 5.0, ACT! 4.0, and Visual Café for Java DDE 2.5 have been named finalists for the prestigious PC Computing 1998 Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards. PC Computing is one of the computer industry's most highly respected publications.

The MVP Award finalists will be honored at PC Computing's 10th annual MVP Awards ceremony on Sunday, November 15, 1998, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The MVP awards event has long been considered the unofficial kick-off for the COMDEX/Fall technology industry trade show, which officially opens the next day.

"The MVP Awards are synonymous with the most usable and innovative computing solutions in the industry," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Because the awards are based solely on the results of hours of intensive research and hands-on testing, receiving the Finalist designation clearly distinguishes these products as standout performers."

To select the 1998 MVP finalists, PC Computing's editors conducted an exhaustive review of thousands of computer hardware, software, Internet, and digital office products, evaluating them for usability, performance, technology, innovation, and value. Such a rigorous review process distinguishes the MVP award from other publications' best-of-the-year product awards, since many of these are based on reader polls, popular opinion, or widespread appeal.

About PC Computing
PC Computing is the magazine for business professionals who think strategically and are motivated by the business benefits of new technology. Written in the language of business, it empowers Business Computing Buyers with the practical information they need to make smart computer product purchases. The editorial is delivered in a style that is accessible and actionable and is focused on usability, productivity, and the application of new products to business solutions. PC Computing is the preferred information source for a paid circulation of more than 1,000,000 business technology buyers.

About Symantec
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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