Cupertino, Calif. June 9, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced that Norton SystemWorks 2.0 and Norton AntiVirus 5.0 were honored by PC World with 1999 World Class Awards for best utility software and best anti-virus software, respectively. The World Class Award winners were announced in the July 1999 issue of PC World and will be presented with trophies at an award ceremony to be held during PC Expo in New York.
"PC World is the publication of choice among managers who use and buy PC products for business, and its subscriber base of more than one million readers clearly indicates its leadership position in the high-tech industry. As a result, we are pleased that its editors, testers, and contributors have singled out Norton SystemWorks and Norton AntiVirus as World Class Award winning solutions," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec' Security and Assistance Business Unit.
Celebrating its 17th year, the respected World Class Awards honor the top hardware, software, and Web products in the computer industry. To select the best of the best, PC World's editors, testers, and contributors examined the entire gamut of products that have appeared in the magazine over the past year. Hundreds of products in 66 categories were judged on performance, value, consistency, and innovation. The magazine also polled its readers to name the finest companies for PC and software support, the top direct PC vendor, as well as the best online/mail-order catalog.
"The World Class Awards are synonymous with the best products in the industry," stated Cathryn Baskin, editor-in-chief of PC World. "Throughout the year, we search for the standout players in hardware and software for our readers. The World Class Awards allow us to shine the spotlight on the outstanding products and companies that have consistently proven to be top performers in the marketplace."
Norton SystemWorks includes Norton Utilities, Norton AntiVirus, Norton CleanSweep, Norton CrashGuard, and a six-month subscription to Norton Web Services. Norton SystemWorks was designed specifically to provide consumers a comprehensive, completely integrated and intuitive solution to keep their computers operating at peak performance levels. 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 disks set-all with a single, easy-to-use interface.
Norton AntiVirus is the number one anti-virus software in the world. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 is part of Symantec's suite of multi-tier virus protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, Internet, and gateway levels. Norton AntiVirus features numerous virus detection technologies to detect new and unknown viruses, including Bloodhound and Bloodhound Boot heuristic technology, Striker polymorphic virus detection technology, and the Macro Virus Protection (MVP) system. Norton AntiVirus protects against infection at all virus entry points, including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks.
The PC World Class Award designations are the latest in a series of awards Norton SystemWorks and Norton AntiVirus have earned this year. In May, Norton SystemWorks was named PC Magazine Editors' Choice. In March, it earned a place on Windows Magazine's respected WinList of recommended products, where it continues to retain its place. Norton AntiVirus was named PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus Utility for the fourth year in a row, PC World's Best Buy for the second consecutive year, and PC Computing's A-List. In addition, Norton AntiVirus for Lotus Notes was honored last year with Network Computing's rare "Editor Refuses to Give it Back!" award-a seldom-given designation reserved for products that provide exceptional reliability, performance, and usability.
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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