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Symantec Added to NASDAQ-100 Index

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2001 Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it has been added to the Nasdaq-100 Index®, effective with the market open on Monday, Dec. 24, 2001. Shares of SYMC will also be included in the Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking StockSM (AMEX: QQQ).

"Being named to the Nasdaq-100 Index is a reflection of the consistent and sustained performance Symantec has been able to achieve over the past few years," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman, president and CEO. "We are pleased to be a part of this elite group."

Launched in January 1985, the Nasdaq-100 Index represents the largest and most active non-financial domestic and international issues listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization. The Nasdaq-100 Index Tracking Stock was launched in March 1999 and represents ownership in the Nasdaq-100 Trust. The Trust holds a portfolio of equity securities that compose the Nasdaq-100 Index and aims to provide investment results that generally correspond with the Nasdaq-100 Index performance.

About Symantec
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding anticipated activities and results, 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 risks that current global adverse economic conditions and reduced spending will continue or worsen; currency exchange fluctuations will adversely affect our results; 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 year ending March 30, 2001 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Sept. 28, 2001.