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Symantec's New Norton Systemworks 2003 Delivers Web Optimization Tools and Enhanced Virus Protection

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Sept. 3, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton SystemWorks 2003, the new best-of-breed problem-solving suite that offers a comprehensive, integrated solution to help keep PCs running at optimal performance levels. Available for purchase in late-September, Norton SystemWorks 2003 now features new Web optimization tools and improved antivirus protection. The award-winning suite’s new Web Tools feature helps users get the most out of their online activities by integrating tools that maximize hard drive space and maintain dial-up connections while online. Norton SystemWorks 2003 also includes enhanced antivirus protection through Norton AntiVirus 2003, which offers new, state-of-the-art Instant Message scanning, worm blocking, and automatic removal of Trojans and worms.

"Symantec understands that a personal computer represents a significant investment for many consumers. Norton SystemWorks 2003 can help ensure the longevity of that investment with award-winning maintenance, optimization, and disaster recovery solutions in one, easy-to-use package," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "We have also added new features to address the growing demand for simple, unobtrusive tools that help make using the Internet a productive, efficient and trouble-free experience."

Key features in Norton SystemWorks 2003 include:

  • Norton AntiVirus 2003, the newest version of the world’s most trusted antivirus solution for home computer users.
  • Norton Utilities and Norton CleanSweep, providing integrated, comprehensive PC maintenance, problem-solving, system optimization and file removal capabilities.
  • Web Tools, a new feature offering easy-to-use tools for removing Internet clutter, managing wanted and unwanted cookies, and keeping dial-up connections alive while online.
  • One Button Checkup, with new customized scanning options, allowing users to perform the system scans they want with the click of a button. Users can also now easily accept or undo any or all of the changes made to their system by One Button Checkup.
  • GoBack 3 Personal Edition, an advanced system recovery tool that allows users to easily restore healthy system configurations and lost or damaged data.

Symantec also offers Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition, designed especially for small business and advanced users. This edition includes all of the features in Norton SystemWorks, and adds three additional tools – Norton Ghost 2003, Process Viewer and new PerformanceTest.

New Web Tools Keep PCs Free From Clutter
Surfing the Web often takes its toll on PCs in the form of Internet clutter – temporary cache files, history items and cookies – that get written onto the hard drive each time a user goes online. The Web Cleanup feature inside Norton SystemWorks 2003 provides an intuitive method of removing these cumbersome files with simplicity and ease. Users also have the flexibility to remove some Internet files and keep other files that might be beneficial, such as cookies from e-commerce sites that may enhance the shopping experience.

Users who access the Internet via dial-up connections often experience special challenges because their service provider may terminate the connection when a period of inactivity is detected. Connection Keep Alive remedies this issue by simulating user activity when Norton SystemWorks 2003 senses a drop in online activity. If the period of inactivity continues beyond a specified limit, users are prompted before Connection Keep Alive allows the connection to be dropped. Proactive and Intuitive Antivirus Protection

Norton SystemWorks 2003 offers the world’s most trusted antivirus solution for home computer users with the inclusion of Norton AntiVirus 2003. Norton AntiVirus 2003 removes malicious code automatically, protects email and Instant Message attachments and keeps virus definitions up-to-date without user intervention. With the latest version of this award-winning solution, Symantec introduces several exclusive technologies that protect systems out-of-the-box at multiple entry points while proactively solving virus problems.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 offers new protection from virus threats that spread through Instant Message services by automatically scanning incoming Instant Message attachments. This feature supports Yahoo! Instant Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Windows Messenger. Norton AntiVirus 2003 also features unique, heuristics-based Worm Blocking technology that detects SMTP worms such as Nimda and Badtrans, stopping them before they spread through outgoing email. Complemented by the powerful Script-Blocking technology that detects fast-moving script-based viruses, Norton AntiVirus 2003 keeps users protected from known and unknown threats, even before new virus definitions are created.

Increased Flexibility
Norton SystemWorks 2003 improves upon its popular One Button Checkup feature by allowing users to select which system scans to run, and to schedule these customized scans for regular deployment. A history file now logs One Button Checkup’s activity so users can share the information with technical support or just keep a record. Norton SystemWorks 2003 also provides an undo capability within One Button Checkup so that any change made can be undone, even days later.

Symantec also offers Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition, designed especially for small business and advanced users. This edition includes all of the features in Norton SystemWorks, and adds three additional tools – new Norton Ghost 2003, Process Viewer and new PerformanceTest. Norton Ghost 2003, now with a Windows-based user interface, protects data from computer disasters by allowing users to create regular backups easily and recover files quickly and safely. Process Viewer enables users to see a multitude of information on each program running on their systems, and the new PerformanceTest feature allows users to execute diagnostic and benchmarking functions to evaluate their PC’s performance.

Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks 2003 and Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition are available now for pre-order at www.SymantecStore.com at an estimated retail price of $69.95 and $99.95, respectively. Current users of Symantec products and select competitive products can take advantage of a $30 mail-in rebate when they upgrade to Norton SystemWorks 2003 or Norton SystemWorks 2003 Professional Edition. Customers can purchase Norton SystemWorks from various retail locations beginning in late-September, as well as from Symantec’s online store at www.SymantecStore,com and at other online retailers.

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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