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Symantec's Retail Sales Lead the Way This Holiday Season

Consumers turn to Norton SystemWorks for the perfect gift

CUPERTINO, Calif --December 21, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) continued to increase sales in U.S. retail software, according to PC Data's November sales report. With five of the top ten best-selling business software products belonging to Symantec, PC Data reported Symantec's unit sales jumped 12% in November over October, significantly beating the overall business market in unit growth. The primary competitor in utilities software, Network Associates (Nasdaq:NETA) experienced negative growth in both dollars and units.

"Consumers purchasing software as gifts or for their own computers are looking to buy the most trusted and affordable products available," said Keith Robinson, vice president of the Americas region for Symantec. "Consumers know they can count on Symantec for quality and value when making their holiday purchases."

Norton SystemWorks continues to be the best-selling integrated utility suite, appearing fifth on the PC Data top-selling business software list. Norton SystemWorks provides comprehensive protection, maintenance, problem-solving and performance boosting in a truly integrated solution. Norton AntiVirus remains the best-selling anti-virus product for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, and the best-selling Windows product overall next to Microsoft Windows 98. Other top-selling products in November include Winfax Pro 9.0 for Windows and pcAnywhere 32 for Windows.

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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