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Symantec Protects Against First Known Trojan Horse for the Palm Operating System

Symantec’s AntiVirus Solutions Protect Against Palm.Liberty.A

CUPERTINO,Calif. -August 29, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it protects against the first known Trojan horse for the Palm platform – Palm.Liberty.A. This program was released as a patch for a Palm application called Liberty, but it was actually a malicious program that deletes applications from the Palm device.

"Norton AntiVirus detects Palm.Liberty.A on the desktop PC before the malicious application is synchronized to the Palm device,” said Vincent Weafer, senior director of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). “Symantec is prepared to protect its customers against emerging malicious threats across a variety of platforms.” "

SARC does not have any confirmed reports of users being affected by this Trojan. However, if a user believes that his or her Palm device is infected, the user should set the Hot Sync manger to Desktop Overwrite Handheld. This procedure overwrites the infected files with the clean version on the desktop.

Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus customers can download the current virus definition set, which includes protection for the Palm.Liberty.A Trojan horse through Symantec’s LiveUpdate feature or from the Symantec Web site at

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center

SARC is the industry’s largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center’s mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats.

About Symantec

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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