Norton AntiVirus Wins World Class Award for Second Consecutive
- Norton AntiVirus Outperforms the Competition in Finding and
Eliminating Computer Viruses -
Cupertino, Calif. --June 9, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the worldwide leader
in utilities and anti-virus software, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 4.0 has been awarded PC
World's 1998 World Class Award for best anti-virus software for the second consecutive year.
Norton AntiVirus continued to outperform the competition in detecting and repairing computer
viruses. The World Class Award winners were announced in the July 1998 issue of PC World and will
be presented during PC Expo in New York.
"The World Class Awards are synonymous with the best products in the industry," said
Cathryn Baskin, editor-in-chief of PC World. "Throughout the year, we search out the standout
players in hardware and software for our readers. The World Class Awards allow us to shine the
spotlight on the outstanding products and companies that have consistently proven to be top
performers in the marketplace."
Norton AntiVirus 4.0 answers users' demands for a cost-effective, easy-to-use anti-virus
solution that can be installed, set, and forgotten. The product protects all the possible entry
points for viruses, including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks.
Norton AntiVirus provides users with 100 percent detection and repair of in-the-wild viruses,
according to recent tests by Virus Bulletin. In addition, Norton AntiVirus users receive
cutting-edge protection against unknown file, boot and macro viruses with Symantec's
revolutionary Bloodhound heuristic technology, which analyze programs, detect unknown or new
viruses, and enable the user to repair the infected file immediately. Users are also protected
against other forms of malicious code including Trojan Horses, Java and ActiveX.
"The numerous repeat awards Norton AntiVirus has received over the years is testament to the
consistent quality we continue to offer our customers from version to version," said Enrique
Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Despite the
awards, we don't stop improving on the product. The experienced Norton AntiVirus team is
constantly striving for better ways to serve our customers and continue to add market-leading
enhancements to the industry's best anti-virus solution."
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus has received every major editorial award since its introduction,
including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus Utility for the third
year in a row, PC World's Best Buy award, PC Computing's MVP Award and Windows
Magazine's Win 100 Award.
Celebrating its 16th year, the respected World Class Awards honor the top hardware, software and Web
products in the computer industry. To select the best of the best, PC World's editors, testers
and contributors examined the entire gamut of products that have appeared in the magazine over the
past year. Hundreds of products in 60 categories were judged on performance, value, consistency and
innovation. The magazine also polled its readers to name the best companies for hardware and
software support, and for buying computers via mail-order or online.
Symantec is the worldwide leader in utility
software for business and personal computing. Our products and solutions help make users productive
and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of
solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition.
Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products
can be obtained at www.symantec.com. A report on the meeting with financial analysts in New York
will be available from June 10 on Symantec's investor relations web page at
Symantec Forward Looking Statement
This press release contains some forward looking statements. There are certain important factors
that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated
by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain
market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive
environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, changes to operating systems and
product strategy by vendors of operating systems, and the importance of new Symantec products.
Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section
of the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 3, 1998.