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Symantec's Antivirus Solution Excels During Rigorous Tests From Three Of World's Leading Testing Facilities

Software Earns Perfect Scores from Virus Bulletin, West Coast Labs, Virus Test Center

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2001 Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Norton AntiVirus has earned perfect scores in virus detection from three of the industry's most respected independent test organizations. Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition 7.5 earned its twelfth VB 100% award from Virus Bulletin, was awarded Checkmark Level One certification from independent testing and standards organization West Coast Labs, and was singled out by the world-renowned Virus Test Center (VTC) as the only anti-virus software to perform flawlessly in its anti-virus repair test.

"These independent test scores demonstrate the extraordinary effectiveness of Symantec's Norton AntiVirus in providing protection against security threats," said Rob Clyde, Chief Technologist, Enterprise Solutions Division, Symantec. "Symantec will continue to deliver the most advanced technology and products to combat the viruses, worms, and other malicious code that threaten to disrupt today's complex computing environment."

The VB 100% logo is awarded to products that detect viruses that are in the wild during both on-demand and on-access scanning in certain Virus Bulletin tests. The latest test was completed on the Microsoft Windows Millennium operating system.

"As the virus threat is continually changing, you should look for products that have garnered a string of VB 100% awards, rather than just managed to capture one or two," the latest Bulletin advises. Referring to Norton AntiVirus' string of 12 VB 100% awards, the Bulletin continued, "Norton AntiVirus' detection rates were again more than admirable and the product picks up another VB 100%." According to the Bulletin, Norton AntiVirus earned the most VB100% awards during the past six bi-monthly comparatives—garnering perfect scores in every comparative – thereby earning top placement on the VB 100% list.

By continuing to earn West Coast Labs' Checkmark Level One certification, Norton AntiVirus is identified as an anti-virus product that detects all viruses categorized as in-the-wild by the esteemed WildList Organization International. Norton AntiVirus products have consistently earned this certification since their introduction. West Coast Labs' quarterly testing procedure is a standard, industry accepted test, which can be administered by West Coast Labs or an accredited tester. If the tested product does not retain its perfect score, its Checkmark is suspended.

In the November anti-virus repair test, besting a field of 19 competitors, Norton AntiVirus also earned the only perfect score in tests conducted by the Virus Test Center, located at the University of Hamburg in Germany. In these tests, anti-virus software must not only detect malicious code, but repair files. According to the VTC report, "Numbers and threats of self-replicating malicious code still grow at significant rates." Norton AntiVirus successfully detected and repaired 246 documents infected with 48 different macro viruses acknowledged as causing real-world virus incidents. One of the center's conclusions was that only "one product – Symantec's Norton AntiVirus – repaired all documents for all viruses perfectly."

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