CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 9, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 2003 Professional Edition and Norton SystemWorks 2003 were honored by PC World with World Class Awards for Best AntiVirus Software and Best Utility Suite, respectively. Norton AntiVirus and Norton SystemWorks were also selected the top solutions in their categories in last year's World Class Awards celebration. The 2003 World Class Awards will be presented at a reception during CeBIT America on June 18, 2003, in New York City; 2003 World Class Award winners will also be showcased in the July 2003 issue of PC World.
"For more than two decades, millions of computer users have turned to PC World for unbiased and accurate information to help them buy and use computer products in their homes and businesses," said Steve Cullen, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "We are honored that PC World editors have again singled out Norton AntiVirus and Norton SystemWorks as best-of-breed solutions in today's competitive high-tech marketplace. Like all Symantec products, Norton AntiVirus and Norton SystemWorks provide the performance, usability, and reliability that home and business users demand to protect their information assets and maximize their resources."
"The ultimate buyers guide, the World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the high-tech industry," stated Harry McCracken, editor of PC World. "From PDAs to privacy software, PCs to Web-based applications, the editors reward the finest products and most outstanding performers in this annual award program. Congratulations to Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2003 Professional Edition and Symantec's Norton SystemWorks 2003."
Launched in 1983, PC World's World Class Awards are the best products of the year as selected by the publication's editors in computer, hardware, software, and Internet categories. To select the 2003 World Class Award winners, PC World editors evaluated hundreds of products over the last 12 months, based on performance, value, consistency, and innovation. This year, after careful scrutiny, only 60 products made the cut to earn the coveted World Class Award designation.
Norton AntiVirus 2003 Professional Edition, PC World's choice for Best AntiVirus Software, is the world's most trusted antivirus solution. "Norton has become synonymous for antivirus protection, and it deserves its excellent reputation," PC World editors wrote in a recent review of the product. Utilizing exclusive technologies, Norton AntiVirus 2003 removes malicious code automatically and protects email messages and Instant Messaging attachments from viruses. Heuristics-based Worm Blocking technology provides proactive protection against email worms, while Script Blocking technology detects fast-moving script-based threats. Automatic virus definition updates keep virus protection current without requiring user intervention. In addition, Norton AntiVirus 2003 Professional Edition provides data recovery and data cleaning features to protect files from accidental deletion and eliminate traces of unneeded confidential files.
Norton SystemWorks 2003, PC World's choice for Best Utility Suite, is Symantec's best-of-breed, comprehensive, integrated problem-solving suite that helps keep PCs running at optimal performance levels. "Symantec's Norton SystemWorks remains the master utility suite-and with good reason," according to a recent PC World review of the product. Norton SystemWorks 2003 includes Norton AntiVirus 2003, to keep PCs virus-free; Norton Utilities and Norton CleanSweep, to troubleshoot, maintain, and optimize systems; Web Tools, to maximize hard drive space and maintain dial-up connections while online; One Button Checkup, to quickly find and fix system problems; and GoBack, to restore a crashed system.
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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