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Symantec Wins Seven Readers' Choice Awards from Windows & .NET Magazine

Symantec Solutions Take Top Honors in Security, Enterprise Disk Imaging, and Remote Control

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 22, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Windows & .NET Magazine has awarded Symantec solutions their Readers’ Choice award in seven separate categories. More than 7,700 readers chose the best among more than 950 products and services. Symantec Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), Symantec Client Security, Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP Gateways, Symantec AntiVirus Enterprise Edition, Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition, Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, and pcAnywhere outpaced competitors — including McAfee, ISS, Computer Associates, Trend Micro, and others — to earn the Readers’ Choice designation. The awards were published in the September 15 issue of Windows & .NET Magazine.

“Symantec is honored that Windows & .NET Magazine's readers have voted Symantec solutions the most effective security solutions and administration tools,” said Gail Hamilton, executive vice president, Symantec. “The Readers’ Choice awards provide a seal of approval from those closest to the products—the customer.”

Editors of Windows & .NET Magazine said, “In the Best Application Security Software category, Symantec Client Security easily beat the competition. For the Readers’ Choice award for Best Antivirus/Mail Server, readers gave the nod to Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP Gateways, which garnered about 40 percent of the votes.” Added editors, “Readers overwhelmingly chose Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus as Best Antivirus/Client Side solution.”

“Few people know more about the best values in Windows technology products and services than Windows & .NET Magazine readers—the people who actually do the buying on behalf of their organizations,” said Janet Robbins, editor-in-chief, Windows & .NET Magazine. “By voting for the most outstanding products, IT professionals have rewarded excellence in the Windows technology market.”

While submitting their votes for the Windows & .NET Magazine Readers’ Choice award, readers also commented on their favorite products. “The corporate edition of Symantec Ghost is remarkable for rollouts,” one reader wrote. Another described Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition: “Solid performance, reliable, and inexpensive.” Another reader acknowledged his reason for voting for Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition by writing, “Symantec always has the virus analyzed and the solution provided first.”

Readers’ Choice Security Solutions
Symantec ESM, voted Best Security Scanner, is an industry-leading security policy compliance solution. It enables enterprises to create customized security policies and manage policy compliance in mission critical business applications and servers across a heterogeneous enterprise from a single location. In addition, Symantec ESM provides integrity checks as well as comprehensive reports and compliance management recommendations.

Symantec Client Security, voted Best Application Security Software, provides integrated antivirus, firewall, and intrusion detection for remote users and networked clients. As a result, it provides solid protection against unauthorized network access and blended threats such as Nimda, Code Red, and Slammer. Symantec Client Security offers centralized client security management that provides a comprehensive view of all security functions and enables advanced management and response to complex Internet threats from a single management console.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition, voted Best Antivirus/Client Side, is the world’s most trusted antivirus solution. It scans incoming and outgoing email messages and attachments before they are saved or launched. Advanced heuristics worm and script blocking technologies proactively protect users against known and unknown threats before new virus definitions are available. Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition automatically scans all files for maximum protection, and automatically removes viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

Symantec Antivirus Enterprise Edition, voted Best AntiVirus/Server Side, provides scalable, cross-platform virus protection for workstations and network servers throughout the enterprise. Enhanced security features plus centralized policy management enable IT administrators to manage client and server groupings logically. In addition, IT administrators can create, deploy, and lock down security policies and settings to keep systems up-to-date and properly configured at all times.

Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP Gateways, voted Best AntiVirus/Mail Server, provides IT administrators with integrated, multi-layered mail security against virus threats, spam, and other unwanted content. Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP Gateways also provides remote management, advanced alerting capabilities, and reporting from a secure browser. In addition, Symantec AntiVirus for SMTP Gateways enables IT administrators to update dynamically, without slowing scan servers or incurring server downtime.

Readers’ Choice Disk Imaging Solution
Symantec Ghost Corporate Edition, voted Best Disk Imaging Software, is the premier tool for enterprise PC management, user migration, and application deployment. It dramatically reduces IT costs by streamlining the configuration and management of networked workstations. With Symantec Ghost, IT administrators can deploy or restore an OS image or application onto a PC in minutes and migrate user settings and profiles to customize the PC. A central management console enables IT administrators to remotely clone any Windows NT or Windows 2000 workstation or deploy whole application packages or specified changes. Symantec Ghost also makes complete, reliable backups of PC drives, including applications and critical data.

Readers’ Choice Remote Control Solution
Symantec pcAnywhere, voted Best Remote Control Product, provides industry-leading remote control, combined with remote management and file transfer capabilities, to help quickly resolve helpdesk and server support issues. Remote management tools help Windows administrators solve specific problems without the need for a full remote control session.

Since 1995, Windows NT Magazine has been a leading source of independent, hands-on, practical information for people who make their living deploying and maintaining Windows NT. The publication changed its name to Windows & .NET Magazine in late 2001 while retaining its mission of helping Windows IT professionals do their job.

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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