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Safeguards PC and Palm OS-Compatible Devices from Malicious Code, Protects Important Files from Accidental Deletion, Completely Erases Confidential Data from Hard Drive

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 27, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition, the newest release of the world's leading anti-virus software. Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition addresses the most critical needs of small businesses by providing continuous protection against viruses and other malicious code and ensuring the integrity and safety of their data. Professional Edition scans and detects viruses in Palm OS-compatible devices, restores accidentally deleted files, and completely cleans hard drives of any traces of viruses.

"With this new version of Norton AntiVirus, small business owners and power users have the most effective tools for maintaining the uninterrupted health and safety of their PCs and handheld devices and the important business information they contain," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "By providing proactive protection against potential problems, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition makes it easier and more convenient than ever before to enjoy hassle-free computing."

To address the rapid increase in handheld and wireless devices, which signals a parallel increase in potential risk for new security threats, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition includes Symantec AntiVirus 2001 for Palm OS. Symantec AntiVirus for Palm OS, the only Palm anti-virus solution that resides on the handheld device itself, scans for and detects viruses in Palm OS-compatible handheld devices, ensuring maximum security for data at all times‹even between synchronizations.

Additionally, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition features data recovery capabilities to help restore important files that were deleted accidentally by a user or by a new virus. Users can also apply the data cleaning component of Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition to ensure that sensitive information previously deleted no longer remains on a hard drive. This data cleaning component conforms to the method specified by the Department of Defense to wipe file data contents for ultimate security.

To enable small businesses and power users to enjoy the most up-to-date protection against malicious code, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition includes Symantec's highly regarded LiveUpdate technology. Automatic LiveUpdate checks for new virus definitions whenever the user is online, thereby obviating the need for manual updates. Norton AntiVirus then downloads the latest definitions in the background‹using microdefinitions for faster downloads‹without interrupting other work. For further ease-of-use, Palm OS users automatically update their virus definitions each time they use HotSync.

Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition is available now for an estimated retail price of US$59.95. Current users of Norton AntiVirus may purchase Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition for US$39.95 after a $20 mail-in rebate. Customers can purchase Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition from various retail locations, Symantec's online store at, as well as other online retailers.

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, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding future technology and products, that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the risk that the Symantec and AXENT businesses will not be integrated successfully; the costs related to the merger; the difficulty of developing and marketing products that compete effectively with others, new security threats, and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Symantec's business generally. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's previously filed Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 30, 2000.