CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 17, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced availability of its comprehensive Internet security solution that provides home users broad protection from spyware, adware and other online risks. Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition provides real-time detection and automatic removal of spyware from users' computers and prevents new spyware risks from impacting the PC in the future. This new spyware functionality has been fully integrated into Norton Internet Security, Symantec's award-winning Internet security solution, which provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy risks. Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition supports the Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional operating systems.
"Symantec released a public beta version of Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition last month and saw unprecedented interest in the download. Clearly, users are eager to find an Internet security solution that provides protection from the full range of Internet risks including adware, spyware, viruses, worms, and spam," said Matthew Moynahan, vice president of consumer products and solutions at Symantec. "Standalone antispyware products simply do not address a user's full security needs. Users are demanding a comprehensive solution, not piecemeal protection."
Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition has been built with multiple scanning levels to provide extensive protection against spyware risks. Unlike most standalone antispyware products that can't fully detect spyware and adware in real time, Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition identifies spyware at the point of entry, leveraging Symantec's highly effective mechanisms already in use to block viruses today. On-demand scanning options include full system scans and scheduled scans as well as Norton QuickScan. Symantec's Automatic LiveUpdate technology delivers protection updates for new security risks on a regular basis. Norton QuickScan begins scanning automatically in the background immediately upon receipt of the latest protection updates to detect active spyware without requiring user intervention.
In addition, Norton Personal Firewall, a component of Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition, provides on-communication scanning by monitoring the data leaving a user's computer. This real-time, network-level, behavior-based detection helps protect privacy by preventing personal information from being transmitted without the user's knowledge. This additional layer of security automatically blocks spyware and other malicious applications from establishing outbound connections to the Internet.
Another advantage of Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition is its ability to accurately differentiate between actual spyware risks and legitimate software applications. The potential for false positives with Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition is extremely low because real-time detection is based on known signatures that are posted by Symantec Security Response and deployed via Automatic LiveUpdate. This signature-based approach is in sharp contrast to many standalone antispyware products that rely on rudimentary system monitoring to detect spyware activity. Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition provides a unique level of protection by combining the Norton signature advantage with the additional layers of defense included in the other security technologies contained in this one convenient package.
Spyware applications categorized by Symantec Security Response as high risk are repaired and quarantined automatically as soon as they are detected by a system scan. Lower-risk programs generate an alert to the user that includes information on the risk category, symptoms and behavior of the risk, transmission details and recommended action.
Once a high-risk program is identified, Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition employs sophisticated new removal and repair technology to ensure that the spyware and other malicious code are automatically and safely removed, returning the system to a safe state. All repairs are backed up using Symantec's Quarantine technology. This gives the user the opportunity to safely undo any changes they have made to their system.
In addition to spyware protection, Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition continues to include the firewall, intrusion prevention, privacy protection, virus protection, spam filtering, and content filtering features that have made the solution one of the most popular on the market. Norton AntiVirus is the world's most trusted antivirus solution. Norton Personal Firewall keeps personal data in and hackers out. It makes a user's PC invisible on the Internet so that hackers can't find it, and its intelligent intrusion prevention technology blocks suspicious Internet traffic. Norton Privacy Control prevents personal information from being sent out without a user's knowledge. Norton AntiSpam filters out unwanted email. It accurately detects spam, even finding deceptive Web site addresses within messages to defend against email fraud. And Norton Parental Control helps parents safeguard children from inappropriate content by blocking access to specified Web sites and newsgroups. Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition is an addition to the Norton Internet Security family of products.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition is now available for purchase via electronic download from www.SymantecStore.com for an estimated retail price of US$79.95. The product will be available at various retail locations and at other online retailers in early June. Current users of Symantec products as well as users of select competitive products will be able to upgrade to Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition for an estimated retail price of US$49.95 after rebate. Prices for all Symantec consumer security products include a one-year subscription to Symantec's protection updates.
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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