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Norton AntiVirus Chosen As Key Component in IBM e-Business Security Solution

CUPERTINO, Calif. - January 19, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that IBM has selected Norton AntiVirus as the best-of-breed anti-virus component for IBM SecureWay(TM) First Secure -- the industry's first comprehensive e-business security solution.

IBM SecureWay FirstSecure enables companies to turn to a single vendor for all the security software, hardware and services needed when moving their businesses to the Internet. The IBM SecureWay FirstSecure offering will be available worldwide in April 1999.

"IBM's SecureWay First Secure offering allows customers to get a comprehensive, best-of-breed security solution from one of the most trusted names in the industry," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "FirstSecure represents a major thrust by IBM into the enterprise security solution space. Including Norton AntiVirus as a cornerstone of this solution signals an endorsement of IBM's confidence in the product as the best technology for their customers."

This initiative is the latest endeavor between Symantec and IBM since the announcement in 1998 that Symantec licensed IBM's immune system technology and patents and would combine that with its own technology to produce a range of products and solutions to support IBM platforms. As part of that agreement, IBM assigned its existing anti-virus customers and OEM contracts to Symantec, and is encouraging its customers who currently have installed IBM anti-virus software to convert to Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software.

The Norton AntiVirus product line is based on a multi-tier strategy that integrates a powerful anti-virus solution at the desktop, server, groupware server, Internet e-mail gateway, and firewall levels to provide users the most comprehensive virus detection and repair. Norton AntiVirus users receive cutting-edge protection against unknown file, boot, and macro viruses with Symantec's revolutionary Bloodhound heuristic technology, which analyzes programs and enables the user to repair an infected file immediately.

Norton AntiVirus also features NAVEX, Symantec's exclusive modular engine technology. It allows the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center to provide the most advanced, up-to-date anti-virus solutions to all customers across all platforms. Using NAVEX, Norton AntiVirus customers have received instant protection for Office 97 viruses, Java viruses, Trojan Horses, 32-bit viruses and more without a single product re-installation, lowering the overall cost of ownership.

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus solution protects desktops, notebooks and workstations against all sources of potential virus threats including -- Internet downloads, floppy disks, e-mail attachments, shared files, compressed files, CD-ROMs and networked hard disks. At the desktop, Norton AntiVirus provides real-time protection, as a background application, without slowing other applications.

In addition, Norton AntiVirus provides real-time, scheduled and on-demand scanning to protect against transmissions within servers and workgroups running Novell NetWare, Windows NT Server, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange. Administrators can rely on Norton AntiVirus as a stable, reliable and efficient solution with reporting that is centralized and flexible with the ability to send alert messages using a variety of alerting methods.

Norton AntiVirus allows administrators to route file downloads, uploads and Internet e-mail messaging traffic through the firewall and SMTP server, where they may be scanned for viruses. It imposes minimal degradation to the normal throughput level of the corporate network. In addition, Norton AntiVirus applies intelligent protection to files and protocols that are very open to virus attacks only, preserving performance for both the server and network from unnecessary scanning. Most importantly, Norton AntiVirus for Firewalls and Internet E-Mail Gateways are the first line of defense to intercept and destroy incoming viruses, in real-time, before they reach the network--and stop outgoing viruses before they reach beyond the corporate walls and through the Internet to clients, customers and other digital domains.

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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