CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 22, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 2002 has been named PC Magazine Editors' Choice for the seventh consecutive year. Norton AntiVirus 2002 was recognized in the 10th Annual Utility Guide edition of the magazine, dated June 11, 2002, as the preferred solution for virus protection since 1996. To earn the designation this year, Norton AntiVirus 2002 bested a field of 10 to earn a perfect five-star rating in what PC Magazine called "the most rigorous testing the magazine has done to date."
"Of all the utilities we tell you about in this issue, antivirus software is the most important. And Norton AntiVirus remains the best choice," wrote editors. "Symantec's Norton AntiVirus has been our Editors' Choice each year since 1996. Norton AntiVirus 2002 maintains this stellar track record, offering excellent virus protection and superb handling of all common anti-virus tasks."
According to PC Magazine, each antivirus product was rated on installation; ease and degree of integration; support; on-demand, on-access, and selective scanning as well as scan speed; scheduled scan capabilities and intuitiveness; and the update features. After undergoing these comprehensive and meticulous tests, Norton AntiVirus 2002 was awarded the magazine's highest rating and the only "Excellent" designation in the group.
"We are honored that PC Magazine has again recognized Norton AntiVirus as the top antivirus solution for PC users," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Symantec understands the critical importance of virus protection in ensuring the safety of data, systems, and networks in today's Internet-based computing environments, and we remain committed to providing consumers and corporations the most effective, easy-to-use and powerful tools for safeguarding valuable assets."
PC Magazine editors named Norton AntiVirus 2002 the most intuitive program in the product roundup and one of the most powerful, providing superb virus protection and removal. They called attention to its straightforward comprehensive scanning, also singling out Norton AntiVirus as the only product tested to use the operating system's scheduler instead of reinventing it.
Reviewers also lauded Norton AntiVirus for its comprehensive monitoring as well as its flawless detection and repair of WildList viruses‹all with minimal impact on system performance. In addition, reviewers called Norton AntiVirus one of the most aggressive products in terms of updating the client and pointed out that while other products had methods for submitting suspected viruses, none were as easy as that of Norton AntiVirus.
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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