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Symantec's New Norton Internet Security 2001 v.3.0 Provides Essential Protection from Viruses, Hackers and Privacy Threats

Market-Leading Solution Now Offers Consumers Intrusion Protection, Advanced Virus Detection and Improved Ease-of-use

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 19, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology, today announced Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 and Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition Version 3.0, the first and only integrated security and privacy suites for connected consumers. Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 offers new intrusion protection features, advancements in virus detection technology, and significant ease-of-use enhancements to protect PC users against the vulnerabilities of online computing, including hackers, viruses, and privacy threats.

"As the newest version of the market-leading suite of essential security and privacy solutions, Norton Internet Security Version 3.0 is uniquely positioned to address the Internet threats of today and tomorrow," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "With the release of this powerful product, Symantec reaffirms its commitment to providing consumers the most intelligent and easy-to-use tools to protect their home computers as they shop, bank, surf or communicate online."

Norton Internet Security features a powerful personal firewall, anti-virus software, and privacy control capabilities‹all in an easy-to-use, integrated product suite. Norton Internet Security includes Norton Personal Firewall, for maximum defense against hackers, and the award-winning Norton AntiVirus, to guard against viruses, worms, and other malicious Internet-borne code. 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 web page download speeds. Norton Internet Security Family Edition adds Norton Parental Control and capabilities that parents can use to easily establish the best Internet experience for their children by limiting access to objectionable web sites.

Advanced Intrusion Protection Combined with Complete Personal Firewall
Norton Internet Security Version 3.0 includes several new features designed to detect hack attacks and privacy intrusions. Intrusion Protection with AutoBlock, intelligently detects common hacker intrusion attempts - such as port scans and Trojan horse access attempts; alerts the user, and then can automatically configure the firewall to block all traffic from the attacker for a period of time. As an additional security measure, Norton Internet Security puts the user's computer in stealth mode, completely hiding the system from hackers. By halting the attacker, Norton Internet Security significantly reduces a user's risk of being victimized by today's most common and potentially destructive intrusion activities.

New and Exclusive Virus Detection Technology
A new and exclusive technology in Norton AntiVirus 2001 expands virus detection capabilities by proactively protecting PCs against script-based viruses -- all without the need for virus definitions. Script blocking technology automatically blocks common script-based threats that arrive via email, such as the renowned "I Love You" and "Anna Kournikova" viruses. Script blocking monitors scripts and alerts users to virus-like malicious behavior, stopping these viruses before they can infect a system and spread to other computers.

Improved Ease-of-use
To ensure maximum ease-of-use, Norton Internet Security Version 3.0 features a re-designed user interface, simplified alerting, improved reporting, new interactive tutorials and increased user control over which applications are allowed Internet access. Specific new components of Norton Internet Security Version 3.0 include:

  • Security Assistant - Guides the user step-by-step through configuring the product once it is installed.
  • Internet Access Control Interface - Allows users to control which applications on the computer are allowed to access the Internet. Using a simplified, interface users can feel confident that only trusted applications have Internet access.
  • Improved Access Control Alerts - Notifications that inform users when an application tries to access the Internet and provide threat level assessment to help the user decide whether to allow an application to make the connection. This helps prevent Trojan horses or spyware applications from making Internet connections without the user's knowledge.
  • Internet Zone Control - Simplifies the users ability to configure the personal firewall to work on a home network. To further enhance ease-of-use, new interactive tutorials provide detailed, narrated instructions for common tasks and implementation guides offer recommendations for configuring the product in various usage scenarios.

Enhanced Alerting and Reporting
The new Alert Tracker in Norton Internet Security 3.0 provides continuous notification of security events, while the re-designed security alerts provide the severity level of the specific intrusion attempt, plus quick access to more detailed information about the attack. Norton Internet Security 3.0 now supports multiple reporting levels so users can set the desired level of notification from the product ranging from minimal, which only reports serious security alerts, to high, which reports a wide range of Internet access events.

Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 has an estimated price of $69.95 and Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 Family Edition has an estimated price of $79.95. Users of competitive products and current owners of Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton Personal Firewall can receive a mail-in rebate of $20 for Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 and Norton Internet Security 2001 Version 3.0 Family Edition. Customers can purchase the products from various retailers, Symantec's online store at as well as other online retailers.

About Symantec
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

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