CUPERTINO,Calif. -August 29, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton AntiVirus 2001, Norton Utilities 2001, and Norton CleanSweep 2001, the latest versions of Symantec’s best-of-breed utilities for use across all Windows-based systems. The solutions extend comprehensive system optimization capabilities such as virus protection, problem-solving, and system clean-up for Windows 9.x, Windows Millennium, Windows NT, and Windows 2000 PCs. Norton AntiVirus 2001, Norton Utilities 2001, and Norton CleanSweep 2001 are also integral components of Norton SystemWorks 2001, the best-selling utility suite.
These multiplatform versions of Norton AntiVirus, Norton Utilities, and Norton CleanSweep represent the next generation in system optimization and protection software from the most trusted name in the utility software market,” said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec’s Consumer Product Division. “With these powerful solutions, Windows users have the most effective tools available to preserve the viability of their technology investments.
Norton AntiVirus 2001 features an improved LiveUpdate feature and new SmartScan technology. LiveUpdate automatically senses an open Internet connection then checks and automatically retrieves and installs any available virus definition updates, which ensures that users have the most up-to-date protection against malicious code. New SmartScan technology intelligently finds all files with executable code that must be scanned for viruses, thus eliminating the need to scan all files in the system, providing unmatched protection and performance. SmartScan also improves file-scanning performance and minimizes the system impact of constant background monitoring for viruses in AutoProtect.
Norton AntiVirus 2001 provides users a bootable CD allowing them to easily startup their systems in the event of an emergency situation. Also included is a utility which assists users in creating emergency boot disks if their computer will not support a bootable CD. Norton AntiVirus 2001 continues to scan e-mail automatically as it is received, detecting viruses in attachments before the user accesses the attachment, eliminating the risk of unknowingly forwarding the virus to others.
Long recognized as the established leader in the problem-solving market, Norton Utilities 2001 now makes it easy for users of Windows NT or Windows 2000 to optimize their systems and solve PC problems reliably and quickly. Norton Utilities 2001 speeds PC performance, identifying and fixing a wide range of problems through an integrated set of powerful tools that include Norton SpeedDisk, Norton Optimization Wizard, Norton Disk Doctor, Norton WinDoctor, Norton System Doctor, and Norton System Check.
Norton CleanSweep 2001 is the quickest and easiest way for users to safely eliminate Internet buildup and other hard drive clutter as well as restore computers to optimal performance levels by removing Internet debris, unneeded files, and unwanted software applications. New in Norton CleanSweep 2001 is the ability to run Fast & Safe from the CD, which enables users to save space by cleaning their hard drive before installing additional software.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2001, Norton Utilities 2001, and Norton CleanSweep 2001 are available for an estimated retail priced of US$39.95, US$49.95, and US$29.95, respectively. Customers can purchase these products from various retail locations, Symantec’s online store at www.SymantecStore.com as well as other online retailers. A US$10 mail-in rebate is available to users of previous versions of Norton AntiVirus and a $15 mail-in rebate is available to previous users of Norton Utilities.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, risk management, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management and mobile code detection technologies to customers. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in more than 33 countries.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT : This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 3, 2000.