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Symantec's Norton Antivirus Solutions Earn Icsa Anti-Virus Certification For Windows 2000

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 16, 2000 -- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that two of its Norton AntiVirus products have been certified by ICSA for use with Windows 2000. Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Norton AntiVirus 2000 passed ICSA¹s stringent requirements for detecting and cleaning viruses on Windows 2000 systems.

ICSA, provider of objective Internet security assurance services, sets standards for commercial security products. Its certification validates that the product significantly reduces risks associated with Internet use.

"Symantec provides peace-of-mind to customers migrating to Windows 2000 by safeguarding their data and systems," said Vincent Weafer, director of Symantec AntiVirus Research Center. "We're extending our award-winning virus detection technology to Windows 2000 users."

To achieve ICSA Anti-Virus Certification for Windows 2000, Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Norton AntiVirus 2000 used both on-access and on-demand scanning to detect 100 percent of the viruses found to be "in the wild." Products were tested against virus samples contained in the ICSA library. ICSA's virus libraries and test suites are updated at least monthly, and products are randomly tested every 60 days to ensure they are current. Products that fail spot checks from the previous month's library must correct the problem and ship the solution or the certification status is revoked.

"We continually update our certification criteria, continually challenging products to meet increasingly exacting specifications in order to ensure their security in a rapidly changing digital world," said George Japak, vice president of ICSA Labs. "Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition and Norton AntiVirus 2000 have earned ICSA certification through their effective virus detection and repair technology."

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