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Symantec First to Detect, Remove Viruses in New Microsoft Word Documents

Symantec AntiVirus Solutions Now Scan for XML Threats in New Microsoft Office 11 Word Documents

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 21, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it is the first internet security vendor to provide virus protection for XML documents created using Microsoft’s new Office 11 Word application. Symantec’s consumer and corporate antivirus solution users are protected against these threats by regularly updating their Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus PC desktop solutions.

“Symantec continues to focus on securing users against both existing and emerging threats by building solutions based on industry-leading technologies, then offering them to users via intuitive and efficient mechanisms,” said Arthur Wong, vice president of Symantec Security Response. “Through the expeditious delivery of virus protection for Microsoft Office 11 Word documents, we are enabling our customers to stay well ahead of any new threats that might eventually target this new business application.”

With online threats on the rise, Symantec and Microsoft continue to exchange security threat information to help customers better secure their systems. Symantec and Microsoft are developing a variety of educational and promotional programs that will inform users of the simple measures they can take to safeguard their computing experience.

Symantec AntiVirus provides award winning, comprehensive virus protection at the desktop, server and gateway. Symantec’s antivirus solutions are supported by Symantec Security Response, a team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, and global technical support teams that work together to provide extensive coverage for enterprise businesses and consumers. Symantec Security Response provides customers with comprehensive, global, 24x7 Internet security expertise to guard against today’s complex Internet threats.

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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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