CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 15, 2003 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that as the result of recent strategic OEM agreements, its security solutions are expected to ship on or with nearly 36 million PCs and Internet products from leading high-tech manufacturers. Under terms of the multiple OEM agreements, a variety of Symantec products including Norton AntiVirus or Norton Internet Security will be pre-installed or bundled with solutions from the top PC, broadband, and home networking manufacturers. Participating manufacturers include eMachines, Gateway (NYSE: GTW), HP, IBM, Intel, Linksys, Micro Electronics, MPC Computers (formerly MicronPC), PowerSpec, Sony (NYSE: SNE), Toshiba (OTC: TOSBF), US Robotics, and WinBook.
"By partnering with some of the largest and most influential technology manufacturers in the industry, Symantec continues to demonstrate its leadership in the consumer security arena," said Steve Cullen, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "The depth and breadth of these partnerships, from top PC vendors to broadband and home networking equipment manufacturers, helps ensure that a growing number of consumers can safely use the Internet for business and pleasure. These vendors are to be commended for making the right choice for their customers by providing Symantec's easy-to-use, award-winning Internet protection with their products."
Symantec security solutions automatically safeguard users against both new and unknown Internet threats. Norton AntiVirus is the world's most trusted antivirus solution, removing malicious code automatically and protecting email messages and instant messaging attachments from viruses. Norton Internet Security is the most tightly integrated and complete online security and privacy suite, offering Symantec's best-of-breed firewall, intrusion detection, privacy control, antivirus, and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite.
"We are pleased to work with Symantec to offer our customers virus protection the moment they plug in their new computers," said Murray Bognovitz, Vice President of Marketing at eMachines. "The inclusion of world-class security technology with our high-quality, affordable systems demonstrates our continuing commitment to providing customers the best products available to meet their evolving needs."
"In today's heightened security environment, online protection has never been more important, " said Mike Wagner, Director of Marketing for Linksys. "Our agreement with Symantec helps Linksys to protect our customers and their children from the perils of the Internet, including privacy threats and objectionable content."
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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