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Symantec's Best-Selling Norton AntiVirus Named "Must-Have" by PC World

Symantec Solution Tops List of Recommended Security Software for Home, Mobile PC Users

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 19, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that PC World magazine named Norton AntiVirus 2001 a "Must-Have" security solution for home and mobile PC users. Norton AntiVirus 2001 was recognized in the May 2001 issue of the prestigious publication as a recommended anti-virus component for every home and mobile computing toolkit.

"PC World's security guide offers prudent advice on how to minimize the risks of Internet computing and maximize the benefits," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "We are pleased that Norton AntiVirus continues to be singled out for its unmatched ability to defend all PC users against viruses and other malicious code."

"Last year's version of Norton AntiVirus took the Best Buy award in our February 2000 anti-virus roundup," wrote editors, "and it remains one of our favorites. Norton AntiVirus combines the tried-and-true method of scanning for known virus signatures with a process known as heuristics, which attempts to intercept new, unknown viruses by examining programs for virus-like behavior."

In their review, PC World editors suggested that the first step in securing a PC is to install a reliable anti-virus program to help defend against viruses and Trojan horses. In determining which virus protection solutions to evaluate, editors considered vendors whose products had been effective in past PC World tests and were independently certified by ICSA Labs for their reliability at catching viruses and repairing damaged files. Reviewers evaluated the ease of installing the products, running them, and updating virus-signature files that protect against the latest malicious scripts. In recommending Norton AntiVirus for both home PC and laptop users, PC World concluded, "You won't go wrong with Norton AntiVirus 2001."

Norton AntiVirus 2001 is the world's leading anti-virus software. It automatically senses an open Internet connection, then checks, retrieves, and installs any available virus definition updates, ensuring that users have the most up-to-date protection. It also scans e-mail attachments and files downloaded from the web. Norton AntiVirus 2001 also is the only anti-virus product on the market that includes Script Blocking technology to detect fast moving script based viruses without the need for virus definitions. With Script Blocking technology and automatic LiveUpdate, Norton AntiVirus 2001 users are uniquely protected against today's virus threats.

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.

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