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Symantec's Norton Internet Security Named Best of 2002 By PC Magazine

'Norton Internet Security Combines Best AntiVirus with Best Software Firewall,' Editors Conclude

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Jan. 7, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton Internet Security 2003 was named to PC Magazine's celebrated Best of 2002 list. The honor was announced in the January 2003 issue of the publication, marking the second consecutive year that Norton Internet Security has earned the coveted designation. Norton Internet Security is the most tightly integrated and complete online security and privacy suite, featuring Symantec's best-of-breed firewall, intrusion detection, privacy control, antivirus, and spam filtering technologies in a single easy-to-use solution.

In November 2002, Norton Internet Security 2003 also earned the prestigious Editors' Choice award from PC Magazine after outperforming competitors such as Zone Labs' ZoneAlarm,'s Personal Firewall, and Network Associates' McAfee Internet Security in an exhaustive product evaluation and comparison.

"Highly respected publications such as PC Magazine play a critical role in educating home computer users on the necessity of round-the-clock Internet protection. Symantec is committed to providing consumers with the award-winning Internet security tools needed to enjoy the benefits of always-on Web connections while avoiding the hazards that are also present," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "With the inclusion of Norton Internet Security in PC Magazine's short list of the best products of 2002, we are pleased that editors have again recognized the suite as the top solution for protecting against the latest online security threats."

The Best of 2002 represents the top products and services tested and evaluated by PC Magazine Labs during the past 12 months. "The products are exemplary of the innovation and progress achieved in each category this year," PC Magazine editors explained. Norton Internet Security 2003 was one of only three products to be included in the category of Best Desktop Software for 2002.

"PC Magazine has long preached the importance of running an up-to-date antivirus product," wrote reviewers. "These days, with always-on broadband connections, a good firewall is also critical for keeping your computer secure. Norton Internet Security 2003 combines the best antivirus product, Norton AntiVirus 2003, with the best software firewall solution, Norton Personal Firewall 2003."

Norton Personal Firewall, the firewall component of Norton Internet Security 2003, secures inbound and outbound communications and keeps the user's PC invisible to hackers. Complementing the firewall is Norton Intrusion Detection, which adds another layer of security by automatically detecting and blocking malicious attacks such as the Nimda and Code Red worms. These powerful technologies, together with the suite's superior usability features, offer users the easiest solution for protecting against today's most common Internet threats. "The firewall offers excellent protection, thwarting hackers and Trojan horses without being overly obtrusive," wrote PC Magazine reviewers. "As firewalls go, Norton's offers the most intelligible security warnings."

Norton Internet Security 2003 also includes Norton AntiVirus 2003, the world's most trusted antivirus solution. Norton AntiVirus 2003 removes viruses, Trojan horses, and worms automatically, protects e-mail messages and Instant Message attachments, and keeps virus definitions up-to-date without requiring user intervention. "Norton AntiVirus is also superb, catching all viruses in the wild and keeping virus definitions current with Symantec's LiveUpdate," editors wrote. In an earlier review of the suite, PC Magazine editors called Norton AntiVirus "the perennial favorite," referring to the antivirus product's selection as PC Magazine Editors' Choice every year since 1996.

Also featured in Norton Internet Security 2003 are privacy protection, ad blocking, and a parental control component. PC Magazine editors singled out the suite's enhanced Parental Control capabilities, which enable users to block children's access to objectionable Web sites and Usenet groups.

A key new enhancement to Norton Internet Security 2003 is the introduction of Norton Spam Alert. This innovative feature addresses one of the most aggravating aspects of the Internet by allowing users to filter out annoying spam e-mail messages from their POP3 e-mail accounts.

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