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Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Earns CNET Editors' Choice Award

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 13, 2001-Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition has earned the coveted Editors' Choice award from CNET. The CNET Editors' Choice seal is considered the standard for excellence in product design, performance, quality, and value. According to CNET, product reviews are a cornerstone of its effort to connect technology-product buyers and sellers. The publication strongly encourages its audience of more than 11.5 million people to consult Editors' Choice reviews when making purchasing decisions.

The CNET Editors' Choice designation is the latest in a series of awards that Norton AntiVirus has earned. Norton AntiVirus 2001 was also recently named Software Product of the Year by Windows Magazine, Editors' Choice by PC Magazine, World Class utility and Best Buy by PC World, and A-List winner by PC Computing.

"The strong, consistent performance of Norton AntiVirus is the result of our commitment to understanding customers and delivering innovative solutions that make a difference for consumers and small businesses," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "With this most recent award from the technical experts at CNET, Symantec once again demonstrates the unmatched superior technology and customer experience of Norton AntiVirus."

Norton AntiVirus is the world's leading anti-virus software, providing continuous protection against viruses and other malicious code and ensuring the integrity and safety of data. Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition detects and stops viruses in PCs as well as Palm OS-compatible devices, restores accidentally deleted files, and completely cleans PC hard drives of any traces of unneeded sensitive information.

"Computer viruses are a fact of life, and they can easily damage your important work or render your system inoperable," CNET reviewers wrote, "so get the best protection available. Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition is a worthy addition to your desktop, offering ideal protection against all types of virus infiltration. And thanks to the addition of Palm handheld anti-virus software, nothing will keep your desktop safer."

CNET reviewers singled out Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition for its exceptional ease-of-use, high performance, comprehensive feature set, and extensive support options. Calling installation "a piece of cake," reviewers pointed to the product's consistent and reliable automation capabilities as a significant productivity benefit to home users and small businesses, while its superior detection and repair abilities ensured continuous protection against malicious code regardless of entry point.

In addition to highlighting Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition's unique protection for handheld devices, CNET reviewers also commended such advanced features as the UnErase Wizard, Wipe Info, and convenient Control Panel. Symantec's numerous support optionsÑincluding knowledge bases, FAQs, interactive troubleshooters, phone support, and automatic LiveUpdateÑalso earned the approval of CNET reviewers as they awarded Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition the prestigious Editor's Choice distinction.

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, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, 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 37 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

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