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Symantec Announces Enterprise-Class Anti-Spyware Solutions

Symantec Client Security 3.0 and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0 Will Deliver Real-Time Detection and Automatic Removal of Fastest Growing Internet Security Threats

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 14, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced Symantec Client Security 3.0 and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0, which will provide enterprise customers with comprehensive protection against spyware, adware and blended threats. Scheduled to be available in March, Symantec Client Security 3.0 and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0, will automatically detect and remove spyware, as well provide integrated fix tools and repair damage caused by these risks.

"Customers are looking for spyware and adware protection from their antivirus vendor, a partner they trust," said Brian Foster, senior director of product management for client and host security, Symantec. "Symantec's leadership in protecting more than 100 million desktop and client systems from viruses and malicious code, along with the support of the world's leading research and response organization, make us uniquely qualified to expand our award-winning protection to the complex areas of spyware and adware."

The significant and growing risk of spyware and adware has created the need for comprehensive protection and removal capabilities for these threats. Combating spyware and adware, like combating viruses and malicious code, requires a solid solution and dedicated research and response mechanism to track new spyware risks and provide timely updates as the threat landscape evolves.

"Spyware and adware infections are becoming a top concern for IT operations as well as security managers," said Peter Firstbrook, program director at META group. "Cleaning infected clients can represent 20 percent or more of IT help desk effort. Although malware differs from traditional viruses, they represent the same problem - the need for defending and cleaning clients of unwanted software. The ability to rapidly detect emerging global threats and distribute protection and remediation updates, as well as centralized management of existing deployments, put antivirus vendors in the best position to offer long term solution to this growing risk."

Symantec Client Security 3.0 will provide comprehensive protection for remote users and networked clients against spyware and blended threats through robust client protection, centralized management and ease of administration. Its simplified management of integrated technologies (antivirus, firewall and intrusion prevention) ensures a coordinated, pre-emptive response to maximize containment, recovery and advanced client security policy management. Symantec Client Security allows customers to reduce overall costs in maintaining client security solutions, while maintaining control and regulatory compliance.

Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0, the world's most trusted enterprise antivirus solution, will provide automatic defense and response against spyware, viruses and worms. Scalable centralized management and response capabilities maximize uptime and minimize costs, while providing customers with the ultimate control and protection for desktop and network servers.

Additionally, customers will be able to fully manage the spyware protection component as part of the existing management infrastructure without requiring additional learning, allowing them to capitalize on their current investments in Symantec Client Security or Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition.

Availability
Symantec Client Security 3.0 and Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition 10.0 are scheduled to be available in March through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added resellers, distributors and systems integrators. To obtain licensing information or to locate a reseller, visit http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com on the World Wide Web.

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 www.symantec.com.

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