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Symantec is the Leader in U.S. Retail Software Sales

Sales of Norton AntiVirus and Norton SystemWorks strengthened with 62 percent and 69 percent unit market share respectively in April

Cupertino, Calif. May 24, 1999 - Recent figures released by independent market intelligence firm, PC Data, confirms Symantec Corporation's (Nasdaq:SYMC) leadership position in the U.S. retail software market. PC Data's top-selling software list for April 1999 reported Norton AntiVirus 5.0 as the number one selling software product in the United States, edging out Microsoft's Windows 98 Upgrade package.

According to PC Data, Symantec grew U.S. retail sales in April by 66 percent in dollars and 149 percent in units compared to April 1998. Growth over a trailing three months was 24 percent in dollars and 44 percent in units. The PC Data figures show Norton AntiVirus strengthened its leadership with a 62 percent unit share of the U.S. retail anti-virus market and Norton SystemWorks continued to lead the U.S. utility suite market with 69 percent unit market share. Other Symantec products included on PC Data's top 20 business software list included Norton AntiVirus 5.0, Norton SystemWorks 2.0, Norton Utilities 4.0, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe, pcAnywhere 32 and Winfax Pro 9.0.

"Now, more than ever, consumers are aware of virus threats and are taking action to protect their computers" said Keith Robinson, Symantec's vice president of the Americas region. "Customers know they can count on Symantec for quality and value when choosing software to keep their computers safe and reliable."

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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