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Symantec's Norton AntiVirus has earned its 14th VB 100% Award

Symantec Is Only Anti-Virus Vendor to Earn Award for Eighth Consecutive Time

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 19, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Norton AntiVirus received it's 14th Virus Bulletin 100% award, placing Symantec as the only anti-virus vendor to receive the award eight times in a row. The April 2001 testing was completed on the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system. The prestigious VB100% logo is awarded to products that detect in the wild viruses, as tracked by the WildList Organization, during both on-demand and on-access scanning.

"As virus threats are continuing to rise, anti-virus solutions are a key component of a company's complete security solution," said Rob Clyde, chief technologist, Enterprise Solutions Division, Symantec. "As evidenced by its long string of VB 100% awards, Symantec's Norton AntiVirus has consistently earned high marks, demonstrating Symantec's commitment to providing the most powerful and reliable anti-virus solutions available today."

Symantec's anti-virus solutions provide customers with automatic protection against viruses and other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads. The solutions provide hands-free detection, analysis and repair of viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java applets and other dangerous fast-moving threats.

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition is part of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with virus protection, firewall security, intrusion detection and vulnerability management. Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by Symantec Security Services which offers security consulting, education, implementation as well as managed security services.

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 www.symantec.com.

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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.