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Symantec Announces Support for Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 6, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in information security, today announced that its award-winning consumer and enterprise antivirus and integrated security products, along with its enterprise administration solutions, are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) which was released to manufacturing today.

"The need for comprehensive Internet security is an issue that should be of concern to all computer users," said Stephen Cullen, senior vice president, Security Products and Solutions at Symantec. "Symantec encourages Microsoft's efforts to increase public awareness of the need for computer security with the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2. Symantec is pleased to help safeguard Windows users with its Service Pack 2-compatible consumer and enterprise antivirus and integrated security products."

Symantec antivirus and integrated security products are unique in the industry because they provide an additional layer of security by hiding or cloaking their status on the user's computer from third-party detection. To enable Microsoft's Window's Security Center in SP2 to detect the status of Symantec products, Symantec will be making a product update available for download through its LiveUpdate technology.

Users of Norton brand products can get additional information on Window XP SP2 compatibility by visiting http://service.symantec.com/xpinfo. Enterprise customers who have questions about Service Pack 2 compatibility should visit http://service.symantec.com/spinfo or contact their technical support channels.

"Delivering Windows XP Service Pack 2 with Advanced Security Technologies is an important step in helping to get our customers more secure," said Neil Charney, director, Windows Client Product Management at Microsoft. "We're pleased with Symantec's continued support and commitment to work with us in the area of security now and in the future."

Symantec enterprise administration solutions allow enterprise customers to quickly deploy service packs such as Windows XP Service Pack 2, roll out thousands of new PCs, migrate existing PCs to new operating systems, identify systems with missing patches or security hot fixes, protect Windows-based systems, and more.

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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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