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Symantec to Deliver the World's First Comprehensive AntiVirus and Problem Solving Solution Optimized for Mac OS X

New Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh Now Features Faster System Optimization, Easier Data Recovery, Mac OS X Bootable CD

CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 4, 2003 - Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh, the world's first complete antivirus and problem solving solution optimized for Mac OS X. Scheduled to be widely available in late June, Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh combines the latest enhancements to Symantec's market-leading utility and antivirus products -- Norton Utilities 8.0 for Macintosh and Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh - with select partner back-up and uninstall utilities to deliver a full continuum of disk repair, recovery and optimization tools.

"As any user who has experienced the loss of important computer files or personal data will testify, the most valuable component of a computer system is frequently the information it contains," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "One of the easiest ways Mac users can safeguard that information is by using Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh, which comprehensively guards against potentially disastrous events such as disk problems, performance issues, and virus attacks."

Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh will include:

  • Norton Utilities 8.0 for Macintosh, the most complete set of disk repair, data recovery and optimization tools for the Mac platform
  • Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh, which now scans and disinfects both PC and Mac viruses for added protection
  • Retrospect Express Backup by Dantz, which stores backup files on removable cartridges, DVD-RAM, compatible, CD-R/RW, MO, an external hard drive, or even on a secure site via the Internet
  • Spring Cleaning by Aladdin Systems, which completely uninstalls applications and their associated files to regain disk space and sweep away hard-to-find Internet cookies, cache, and history files

Norton Utilities 8.0 for Macintosh
Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh includes a full version of Norton Utilities 8.0 for Macintosh, which offers users the most complete set of disk repair, data recovery and optimization tools for the Macintosh platform. In this latest version, users will be able to defrag Mac OS X hard drives in idle time, thereby having less impact on their work. Additionally, users will be able to schedule FileSaver scans of the hard disk making it easier to use and more convenient, as well as being able to boot and run more utilities in Mac OS X --including Volume Recover and Wipe Info, providing better optimization and recovery.

Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh
Adding the ability to scan and disinfect PC viruses, Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh will now protect users from passing along the most common types of computer viruses, as well as worms and Trojans. In addition to protecting users from Mac-specific threats, the latest version of Norton AntiVirus will also prevent Mac users from inadvertently being carriers of Windows-based threats and proliferating malicious attacks. PC virus, worm and Trojan protection also will enable multi-platform users to utilize one solution to protect all their operating systems from the threat of attack.

Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks 3.0 for Macintosh runs on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and is available now for pre-order at www.SymantecStore.com for an estimated retail price of $129.95. Current users of Symantec's Macintosh products, as well as users of select competitive products, can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in-rebate of $50. Norton Utilities 8.0 for Macintosh and Norton AntiVirus 9.0 for Macintosh and run on Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 and can also be pre-ordered separately as stand alone products, for an estimated retail price of $99.95 and $69.95 respectively. In late June, these products are expected to be available for purchase at various retail locations, the Symantec online store at www.symantecstore.com as well as from 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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