CUPERTINO, Calif. - February 16, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced Norton CleanSweep 4.5, the quickest and easiest way to safely recover hard disk space. As the newest member of the trusted Norton product family, Norton CleanSweep 4.5 adds award-winning uninstall capabilities to Symantec's line of superior problem-solving utility products. Like all Norton solutions, CleanSweep is considered the top utility of its kind by many industry leading publications including CNET, Windows Magazine, and PC Magazine.
"We brought CleanSweep into the Norton family because it is the hands-down award winner in its class. In terms of providing users with the safest, easiest, fastest, and most complete solution for removing unwanted files, and programs, applications and Internet clutter, no competitor measures up," said Enrique Salem, vice president, Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With 40 million satisfied Norton users around the world, and more than 3 million satisfied CleanSweep users worldwide, the Norton line just keeps getting stronger."
Norton CleanSweep is the fastest, safest, and most complete hard drive clean-up solution available. Its intuitive tabs and informative wizards simplify the removal of outdated applications and the widest array of unneeded and unwanted files. Norton CleanSweep's Internet Sweep cleans more Internet debris than any other uninstaller product. This innovative technology not only cleans out "cookies," plug-ins, and cache files, it also tracks files installed over the Internet such as ActiveX controls.
Norton CleanSweep's Safety Sweep and "the Safe" provide protection against accidental file deletion. SafetySweep encodes critical files to prevent their removal and backs up deletable files before eliminating them. If a user accidentally deletes a file, he or she can restore it from SafetySweep's backup. An additional level of file protection is offered with the Safe, which prevents files in the recycle bin from being deleted. Users select which file types should never be deleted; then, should one of those file types be sent to the recycle bin, the Safe retrieves it. Users can choose file types from a predefined list or create their own custom file types.
Norton CleanSweep also includes Fast & Safe Cleanup, an innovative one-button clean-up feature that removes space-eating file types with a single click of the mouse. Fast & Safe Cleanup finds and deletes specific file types that are safe to remove, including temporary files, Internet browser cache files, and files in the recycle bin. A graphical interface indicates how much space can be recovered. Users can delete space-eating files immediately or schedule clean-up for maximum hard drive maintenance.
Norton CleanSweep Deluxe offers users three value-added benefits to the stand alone Norton CleanSweep product. The deluxe version of Norton CleanSweep includes a free on-CD copy of Zip-It (a $40 value) -- the quickest and easiest compression utility that slashes time online and saves disk space, a free six month subscription to Norton Web services, and an offer from Netcom that provides 150 free hours of Internet access for CleanSweep Deluxe users who subscribe to the service.
According to many industry experts, CleanSweep is the best uninstall software available. In naming CleanSweep Editor's Choice in August 1998, CNET editors wrote, "CleanSweep has the best combination of all the key features of an uninstaller program: effective program and file removal, a clean and usable program interface, and speed." PC Magazine also hailed CleanSweep as Editor's Choice. In the March 1998 issue, PC Magazine reviewers wrote, "Fast, easy to use, effective, and safe, CleanSweep stands above the rest of the uninstallers. No other uninstaller does Windows as well as CleanSweep."
Pricing and Availability
Norton CleanSweep 4.5 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$39.95. Norton CleanSweep Deluxe 4.5 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$49.95.
Norton CleanSweep 4.5 requires an IBM PC or 100 percent compatible, Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0, an Intel 80486/66 or higher, 8MB RAM for Windows 95/98 or 16MB RAM for Windows NT, 17MB hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, and 256-color VGA or better video.
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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