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Symantec's New Norton AntiSpam 2004 Automatically Filters Unwanted Email

Sophisticated Technologies Increase Accuracy, Simplify Use, Strengthen Protection

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 8, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton AntiSpam 2004. This powerful new solution will automatically filter out unwanted email and block online advertisements. Unlike other spam filters, the trainable filtering engine in Norton AntiSpam 2004 will be able to learn what is and isn't spam by analyzing the user's outgoing email messages. An intuitive user interface, automatic setup and updating, and effective ad-blocking technology will ensure that users are protected right out of the box from unwanted email and invasive online ads.

"Spam already accounts for the bulk of email messages many people receive today, and it continues to proliferate. Symantec has brought its broad expertise to bear on this serious problem by developing a new solution to help users regain control of their email in-box," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Our easy-to-use Norton AntiSpam 2004 helps reduce unwanted email by identifying it right at the desktop."

Scheduled for mid-September availability, Norton AntiSpam 2004 will immediately start to filter email once it is installed and turned on. Norton AntiSpam 2004 will work by automatically intercepting and analyzing email in standard POP3 connections and marking spam as it comes into the user's in-box. Norton AntiSpam 2004 will integrate tightly with the latest versions of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express and Eudora by automatically creating a spam folder and using it to collect all email identified as spam. Norton AntiSpam 2004 will even filter spam from Hotmail and MSN Mail when messages are retrieved through Microsoft Outlook. As a result, users will not only begin to save time but they will also be protected from any misleading or inappropriate content that might be contained in spam. Norton AntiSpam 2004 will further enhance users' online experiences by keeping banner ads, pop-up windows, and other Web distractions off the user's screen.

Norton AntiSpam 2004 will offer multiple filtering layers to reduce the time-consuming occurrence of false positives that typically plague other spam-fighting products. An Allowed List capability will protect friendly email from being marked accidentally as spam. An intuitive configuration wizard will make it easy to import the user's address book into their Allowed List. In addition, a Trusted Mode feature will enable users to set up Norton AntiSpam 2004 to accept email only from approved senders, while a user-configurable Blocked List will identify specific email addresses as spammers. The intelligent filtering engine of Norton AntiSpam 2004 will learn to differentiate between spam and legitimate email by analyzing the user's outgoing messages.

Norton AntiSpam 2004 will include automatic LiveUpdate to ensure that users are protected against the latest spam threats by checking for new protection updates whenever the user is online-without requiring user intervention. Updates will be unobtrusively downloaded in the background to guard user productivity. In addition, to protect users from pirated or counterfeit software, Norton AntiSpam 2004 will include a product activation component.

Automatic integration of Norton AntiSpam 2004 with Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2004 and Norton Personal Firewall 2004 will offer additional protection against Internet privacy threats, security risks, and viruses. Norton AntiSpam 2004 will be available as a single license as well as in 5- and 10-user packs for small offices.

Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiSpam 2004, which includes 12 months of protection updates, is available now for pre-order at for an estimated retail price of US$39.95. Norton AntiSpam 2004 5- and 10-user packs have an estimated price of US$179.95 and US$319.95, respectively. Current users of Symantec products as well as users of select competitive products can take advantage of an upgrade mail-in rebate of $10. Norton AntiSpam 2004 is expected to be available for purchase in mid-September at various retail locations, the Symantec online store at, as well as 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

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