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Symantec's Norton Internet Security Named Editor's Choice by PC Magazine

Superior Integration and Powerful Firewall Capabilities Distinguish Symantec Suite from Competition

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 26, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton Internet Security 2002 has earned the Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine, featured in the Feb. 26, 2002 issue. Norton Internet Security is the market-leading security and privacy suite for Windows users. It includes Symantec's updated, best-of-breed firewall, privacy, anti-virus, and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite.

"Millions of computer users look to PC Magazine for the most objective and accurate information regarding technology today, and the magazine's awards and designations provide users a valuable service," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "We are honored that PC Magazine recommends Norton Internet Security as the best suite for maintaining the security and privacy of its readers' computers."

According to editors, Norton Internet Security distinguishes itself from competitors with a better-integrated interface and superior ad blocking. "All of the included programs work from the same well-designed interface," they wrote, "giving you control over everything you see, send, or receive on your computers . . . The suite's ad-blocking software is excellent, greatly speeding page-load times." In addition, editors singled out the product's quick and simple installation, powerful firewall capabilities, customizable alert levels and methods, and detailed logs.

PC Magazine editors emphasized the importance of using more than a firewall to protect against today's Internet threats. "There's no doubt that owners of home PCs need more than a firewall to stay secure," they counseled. "Most firewalls won't scan e-mail attachments, for example, so a good anti-virus application is essential . . . [Security] suites promise much more than just firewalls. They have anti-virus applications, parental filtering, ad blocking, and more‹all controlled from a central location." Editors also commended the use of backtrace programs to identify suspected hackers; Symantec provides this service without charge through Symantec Security Check,, one of the world's most widely used security test sites for consumers.

Editors and reviewers continue to recognize Norton Internet Security as a superior suite for securing systems against online threats. Earlier this year, PC Magazine named Norton Internet Security 2002 to its prestigious Best of 2001 list, which is reserved for the top products and services tested and evaluated during the previous 12 months. Norton Internet Security was one of only five products to be included in the Software category for the exclusive Best of 2001 list.

Other Symantec security solutions also have recently garnered awards in reviews and comparisons from PC Magazine. In June 2001, the publication named Symantec's Norton AntiVirus its Editor's Choice in the Ultimate Utilities Guide. Norton AntiVirus is an integral component in Norton Internet Security. In January 2002, PC Magazine gave Symantec Firewall/VPN a perfect five-star rating, designating it Editor's Choice for a firewall targeted at small and mid-sized businesses.

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