Utility Suite Already Fourth Best Selling Windows Software According to PC Data
CUPERTINO, Calif --December 7, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility suites, today announced that it is expanding the suite market even more with Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition, the industry's number one utility suite for power users and experts. Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition includes five powerful Symantec utilities-Norton AntiVirus, Norton Utilities, Norton CrashGuard, Norton CleanSweep, and a six-month subscription to Norton Web Services-in one convenient integrated package. The Professional Edition now includes the new Norton 2000 that helps guard files against Year 2000 problems and Norton Ghost for quickly cloning or copying a PC's hard drive.
In addition to Norton 2000 and Norton Ghost, the Norton SystemWorks Professional Pack includes pcANYWHERE Express, Norton Mobile Essentials, WinFax Basic Edition, Visual Page, and Norton Secret Stuff. Together, Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition and Professional Pack represent a retail value totaling over $600.
"Power users recognize the need for proactive and comprehensive system maintenance," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition provides customers with all the tools they need to keep their computers protected, maintained, and running at peak performance."
Norton SystemWorks was designed specifically to provide consumers with 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, and one emergency disk set-all with 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 technologies, thereby eliminating the compatibility problems associated with bundled offerings.
Professional Edition Professional Pack Adds
In addition to providing customers with remote control, mobile productivity, fax, web page creation, and file encryption tools, Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition includes two programs designed especially for power users-Norton 2000 and Norton Ghost.
Norton 2000 offers customers an effective tool that proactively guards critical data, such as financial planning information, residing on their desktop and laptop computers. Designed and created by the world's most experienced utility software engineers, Norton 2000 scans data, applications, and hardware and alerts the user to non-compliance problems that may lead to financial losses, liability issues, and incompatibility with other systems.
To address Year 2000 problems in spreadsheets, Norton 2000 includes a data scanning component that not only discovers Year 2000 problems in these complex files, but also generates a customizable report detailing findings. Norton 2000 scans the following files: Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, Access, dBase, Clipper, FoxPro, and Paradox. For recent Excel spreadsheets, Norton 2000 color-codes and annotates the spreadsheet to highlight and explain Year 2000 issues in each affected cell.
Norton 2000 also audits other popular software applications for Year 2000 compliance and tests those applications against a database of known Year 2000 problems. The application database is kept up-to-date using LiveUpdate, Symantec's powerful utility program that locates and helps install hardware drivers and software updates specific to the user's system.
In addition, Norton 2000 uses a boot floppy to test and fix system clocks and the BIOS, where possible, thereby preventing users from inadvertently destroying data and program configurations during testing. For added convenience, Norton 2000 offers a Windows-based System Date Test.
Norton Ghost makes it easier to upgrade to a new hard drive by speeding and simplifying the task of copying one disk to another without the risk of losing data or configurations. Norton Ghost can also reduce the headache and time required to recover a system if it fails. With Norton Ghost, system recovery, fast upgrades, and disk backups are as simple as restoring an image and getting back to work with the confidence that the original PC configuration will work every time.
Integrated Product Suite Includes Valuable Utilities
Norton SystemWorks includes Norton AntiVirus, PC Magazine's perennial Editor's Choice Award winner. For the third time this year, Virus Bulletin awarded a Norton AntiVirus product its coveted 100% Award for detecting all in-the-wild viruses in VB's comprehensive test sets. Norton AntiVirus offers detection and repair of unknown and new viruses, the ability to safely isolate viral files in a safe location, support for incremental or "micro" definitions, and an extensible virus detection engine that is updatable via the Internet.
Norton Utilities, included in Norton SystemWorks, was named MVP by PC Computing magazine. Norton Utilities gives users unrivaled problem-solving power for their systems. Norton Utilities provides automatic background detection of Windows and registry problems, disaster recovery in Windows (including a Recovery Wizard), analysis agents to make problem-solving easy and efficient, and notification of out-of-date rescue disks.
Norton SystemWorks protects users against data loss with Norton CrashGuard, which offers the industry's highest level of crash recovery, and data recovery. It intercepts the crashes users face most often: application or browser crashes, application hangs, blue screens and system crashes, while protecting against data loss and assisting users in recovering from crashes that do occur.
Norton CleanSweep is the most comprehensive PC hard drive cleanup software available. Norton CleanSweep safely and completely removes the widest array of unneeded programs and files for maximum space savings. Users can remove space-eating file types with the click of a button anytime or can schedule the program to clean up at specified times. Norton CleanSweep also removes Internet cache and history files, "cookies," ActiveX controls, and browser plug-ins.
Norton SystemWorks also includes Norton Web Services, a library of web-based programs designed to make computing easier and more reliable. Norton Web Services checks every patch for viruses and installation issues before being posted, fully supports Windows 98 (with an emphasis on Windows 98 compatibility updates), gives priority to meaningful business application updates rather than shareware, provides twice as many international patches as competitive products, and is built on an open, web-based architecture.
Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition is available now at a suggested retail price of US$99.95. Users of point products can upgrade for $79.95 with a $20 mail-in rebate.
Norton SystemWorks requires an IBM PC or 100 percent compatible, Windows 95/98 (for Norton Ghost, MS-DOS or PC DOS 5.0 or later), 486/66 or higher, 16MB RAM, 105MB hard disk space for typical installation - 122MB for complete installation, CD-ROM drive double-speed or higher, and 256-color VGA or better video. A sound card and Iomega Zip or Jaz drive are optional.
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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