CUPERTINO, Calif. August 23, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced Norton AntiVirus 2000, the newest version of the leading anti-virus software. Norton AntiVirus 2000 provides automatic protection against viruses and other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads. The redesigned interface provides users with better explanations of necessary action, reduces system conflicts and allows task-based and fully customized scanning. Additionally, Norton AntiVirus 2000 is the only anti-virus software to combine security enhancing, state-of-the-art technologies with the easiest-to-use automatic updating feature, LiveUpdate. Norton AntiVirus is also an integral component of Symantec's award-winning Norton SystemWorks 2000 utility suite. Customers can buy Norton AntiVirus immediately at Symantec's recently introduced online store at www.SymantecStore.com as well as other online retailers.
"As the proliferation of malicious code continues to disrupt all activities on the Internet including commerce, communications and applications, Norton AntiVirus 2000's next-generation technologies virtually eliminate this growing risk," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 includes powerful technologies designed specifically to protect consumers while they use the Internet. New to Norton AntiVirus 2000 is support for automatic scanning of incoming e-mail attachments from POP-based applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Eudora Pro/Lite, Netscape Messenger and Netscape Mail, and more. In addition, Norton AntiVirus 2000 is now able to automatically eliminate viruses in multiple compressed file levels, such as a Zip file inside another Zip file.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 automatically blocks destructive ActiveX code and Java applets from entering a user's computer. In addition, Norton AntiVirus includes its Trojan Horse detection engine to guard users against online programs that might steal passwords or destroy data. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also features Scan and Deliver, which enables users to use the Internet to send suspicious files to SARC for analysis and any needed virus definitions.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 utilizes a new graphical user interface for virus alerts and shutdowns, thereby allowing for a better explanation of necessary actions while reducing system conflicts and enabling full use of the mouse. New task-based scanning allows fully customized scanning, easing setup and use. Norton AntiVirus 2000 is Windows 2000 compatible and Windows 98 tested and compliant.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 introduces LiveAdvisor, personalized support services direct to the desktop via the Internet. With LiveAdvisor, consumers can elect to receive proactive product support, LiveUpdate alerts, user tips and tricks, and upgrade notifications automatically, based on user-defined preferences. Symantec will forward critical service alerts as well as product update information through LiveAdvisor to make sure customers are informed about the latest threats and the software is updated to handle them. In addition, users can benefit from proactive information on the latest features and Symantec's growing library of top usage solutions. Finally, users can evaluate new product features and third-party reviews as well as purchase and download the latest upgrade right from the product.
The LiveUpdate feature of Norton AntiVirus 2000 provides users an easy, automatic way to keep their anti-virus protection current. With Norton AntiVirus 2000, users receive pop-up message alerts to remind them when their virus definitions become dangerously out-of-date.. Also included is a modular engine called NAVEX, which allows Symantec to ship fundamental changes to the virus scanning technology with every virus definition update. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also includes Symantec's advanced heuristics scanner, Bloodhound, which detects new and unknown viruses. In addition, AutoProtect scans all files that are run, copied, created, or downloaded, thereby providing around-the-clock protection.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2000 is available immediately for an estimated retail price of US$39.95 from Symantec's recently introduced online store at www.SymantecStore.com. Upgrades are available for US$19.95. It will be in retail stores in September. In addition, it will also be available at the following online retailers: www.beyond.com, www.outpost.com, www.downloadwarehouse.com, and www.compusanet.com. For more information on how to become a Symantec business partner, retailers can visit http://business.symantec.com.
Intel 486/25 or higher (or 100 percent compatible), Windows 95/98, 16MB RAM (32MB recommended), 45MB disk space, and CD-ROM. For Windows NT 4.0/2000: Intel CPU (or 100 percent compatible), 16MB RAM for NT 4.0 (32MB recommended), 32MB RAM for Windows 2000 (64MB recommended), 50MB disk space, and CD-ROM.
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