CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 20, 2000- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Nextra, a subsidiary of the Norwegian telecommunications group TeleNor, has chose Symantec to protect its Internet customers. This on-going agreement includes the initial purchase of 75,000 licenses of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. Both titles will be distributed to new subscribers on their start-up CD-ROM. Existing customers will have access to a downloadable version of Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security at the Nextra Web site (www.online.no). Both the CD-ROM and the downloads are free of charge.
"This agreement with Nextra gives us access to more than 50 percent of the Norwegian Internet market," said Dieter Giesbrecht, senior vice president for Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Symantec. "Threats to Internet security can happen anywhere in the world. Symantec is committed to making sure that no matter where our customers are, they have the best protection against any kind of malicious attack."
"We take our customers' security seriously and want to stay one step ahead," said Nextra's chief executive officer Morten Lundal. "It is our strategy to continuously improve and adapt new and better services for our customers. For this reason, we have chosen to cooperate with Symantec to offer our customers an increased security solution for their computers."
About Norton Internet Security
Norton Internet Security provides essential Internet protection for the home PC and offers a complete, integrated security and privacy suite. The powerful Norton Personal Firewall solution controls all Internet connections to and from the computer and blocks attempted intrusions. Norton Privacy Control prevents personal data from being sent online to web sites without the user's knowledge and the Ad Blocking component removes online banner advertising for faster download speeds. Norton Internet Security also includes the award-winning Norton AntiVirus software that protects the user's computer from viruses and malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads.
About Norton AntiVirus
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus automatically protects users against viruses, malicious ActiveX controls and Java applets, as well as other dangerous code. It protects against infection at all virus entry points, including the Internet, floppy disks, CDs, or a network. It also automatically scans incoming attachments in the most popular email programs. Norton AntiVirus is extremely easy to keep updated with scheduling capabilities that allow new anti-virus definitions from Symantec to be downloaded as often as once a week.
TeleNor, the Norwegian incumbent, has been actively building Internet as the third vein of activity in addition to its mobile telephony and satellite services. Nextra, TeleNor's Internet subsidiary, began offering Internet to the business and consumer markets in 1993 and 1995 respectively, and has since experienced an explosive growth in number of customers. Nextra now holds more than 50 percent of the Norwegian Internet Market.
In addition to Norway, Nextra has established Internet companies in Austria, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Italy and Germany.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause the parties' plans to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these is the possibility of a party failing to meet certain conditions set forth in the merger agreement. Additional information concerning that and other factors is contained in the risk factor sections of Symantec's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000, and AXENT's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1999 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000.