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Symantec Solutions Dominate CNET List of Top 5 Utilities

Norton SystemWorks, Norton AntiVirus, and Norton Internet Security Head Prestigious Shortlist of Recommended Tools

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 22, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that three of its best-of-breed solutions were named to the exclusive Top 5 Utilities list by CNET. Norton SystemWorks 2001, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition, and Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition bested competitors to head the prestigious shortlist of PC tools recommended by CNET experts. Earlier in the year, Norton SystemWorks 2001, Norton AntiVirus 2001 Professional Edition, and Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition also were selected as CNET Editors' Choice Products, a designation reserved for products that not only outperform competitors, but also change the competitive landscape of their markets, according to CNET. The organization pulls its Top 5 winners from these lists.

"Many consumers rely on CNET, one of the computing community's most credible sources for solid product information, to provide useful recommendations for making quality software purchases," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "The fact that CNET has singled out Symantec products as their top picks for maintaining a healthy PC demonstrates the effectiveness of Symantec solutions in addressing the most critical needs of today's computer users."

According to the article, Symantec solutions dominated CNET editors' list of must-have utilities. "Keep your PC in top-top shape with these leading utilities," editors advised. "Our best-of-breed collection includes the tools you need to speed up your downloads, fight viruses, compress files, and stay safe while surfing the Net."

CNET editors selected Norton SystemWorks 2001 based on its performance over McAfee Office in a head-to-head comparison conducted earlier to determine the preferred utility suite. In the review, editors concluded," If you're looking for a tightly integrated maintenance suite with the tools you'll use most often, save yourself $10 and get SystemWorks rather than McAfee Office. It's the better deal all around."

Editors selected Norton AntiVirus 2001 over competitors such as McAfee Virus Scan based on the exceptional ease-of-use, high performance, comprehensive feature set, and extensive support options of the Symantec solution. "Computer viruses are a fact of life, and they can easily damage your important work or render your system inoperable, so get the best protection available," CNET editors cautioned. "Norton AntiVirus 2001 is a worthy addition to your desktop, offering ideal protection against all types of virus infiltration. Nothing will keep your desktop safer."

In naming Norton Internet Security 2001 Family Edition a Top 5 Utility, CNET editors hailed the suite as the most comprehensive security solution for home computer users. "Norton Internet Security hides your computer from crackers and regulates which applications are allowed to access the Net," they wrote. "But that's not all. This security app also keeps kids away from undesirable web sites, suppresses ads on web pages, fends off viruses, and prevents private info from leaving your computer. Easy to use and a rock-solid defender, Norton Internet Security is the best choice for anyone worried about break-ins."

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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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