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Symantec Software Protects New Northgate PCs Against Online Security Threats

Northgate Innovations Will Include Norton AntiVirus with All North American PC Shipments

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Dec. 18, 2003 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Northgate Innovations, Inc. is shipping Norton AntiVirus 2004 with all desktop and notebook PCs in North America. Norton AntiVirus is the world's most trusted antivirus solution. Northgate is a leading manufacturer of PCs, laptops, and workstations.

"Every day, PC users are exposed to threats such as viruses, worms, and Trojan horses as they surf the Web, email friends and family, and transact business online," said Matthew Moynahan, vice president of Product Management, Client and Host Security, at Symantec. "What's more, today's computer users are also exposed to elusive privacy threats such as keystroke logging programs and spyware that attempt to evade detection by conventional security software. Norton AntiVirus 2004 identifies these and other emerging Internet hazards, ensuring that consumers can enjoy their PCs in a safe and controlled online environment."

"Northgate is committed to providing the highest overall customer value in technology products and services for consumers and businesses," said Bob Anderson, vice president of Business Development at Northgate Innovations. "By bundling Symantec's world-class antivirus with Northgate's superior quality systems, we are helping our customers protect their new computing investments against Internet threats from the moment they power up."

Under terms of the renewable agreement, a 90-day subscription to Symantec protection updates for Norton AntiVirus 2004 will be included with every Northgate PC shipped throughout the U.S. and Canada. Users have the option of purchasing a one-year protection update subscription renewal or upgrading their product after the expiration of their 90-day subscription.

Norton AntiVirus 2004 protects email, instant messages, and other files by automatically removing viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. New built-in features also detect certain non-virus threats such as spyware and keystroke loggers. Norton AntiVirus 2004 downloads new security protection updates automatically to protect against new threats. In addition, the inclusion of Worm Blocking and Script Blocking enables Norton AntiVirus 2004 to detect new threats even before security protection updates are created for them.

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