Symantec Ships Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange
-- Market Leader Protects MS Exchange Mailboxes, Folders, and Databases
from both Known and Unknown Viruses --
Cupertino, Calif --July 21, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in
utility software for business and personal computing, today announced it is shipping Norton
AntiVirus (NAV) for Microsoft Exchange Server, the latest addition to the company's suite of
award-winning, comprehensive virus protection products. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange
works in real time to scan, detect, and repair viruses found in native Microsoft Exchange
environments without inhibiting or degrading server performance or stability. Norton AntiVirus for
Microsoft Exchange further strengthens the Norton AntiVirus Multi-tier solution, which offers
complete protection from viruses and malicious code at every level of the corporate network: the
desktop, server, and gateway.
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange includes Symantec's unsurpassed Bloodhound technology, which
is able to detect and repair unknown viruses automatically. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange
provides complete administrative functions that allow users to remotely manage and control their
Exchange anti-virus environment from anywhere.
"Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange was developed to provide administrators with a powerful
tool for combating viruses that threaten the reliable exchange of corporate information," said
Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With Norton
AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange as well as Norton AntiVirus for Lotus Notes, organizations now have
an effective virus protection strategy for their groupware environments."
"Millions of people rely on Microsoft Exchange Server as their messaging backbone, enabling them to
have strong collaborative application environments," said Dave Malcolm, Group Product Manager,
Microsoft Exchange Server. "Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange provides corporations with
thorough and reliable enterprise-wide virus protection from one of the industry's most respected and
trusted anti-virus vendors."
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange uses Symantec's superior Bloodhound heuristic technology to
detect as well as repair both unknown and known viruses at the groupware server before they reach
the desktop or the network. Bloodhound works by setting up a virtual computer for a potentially
infected application to run inside. As the application runs inside the virtual computer, Bloodhound
watches it and categorizes its behavior. If the application acts like a virus and tries to infect
other programs, Bloodhound arrests the program.
Norton AntiVirus for Exchange also includes Striker technology, for polymorphic virus protection and
Macro Virus Protection (MVP) technology, for complete protection against invasive macro viruses. In
addition, Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange scans and repairs compressed files as well as MIME
and UUENCODE attachments. With the inclusion of these technologies, Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft
Exchange leads the current anti-virus product field in detection and removal of file and macro
Administrators can use the management console in Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange for
flexible, centralized virus administration that eliminates the need to move from one server to
another to change a setting or monitor virus activity. In addition, installing and configuring
Norton AntiVirus for MS Exchange on remote servers can be accomplished from a single central console
via distribution utility software. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange can also be administered
through the easy-to-use HTML interface of Symantec's recently introduced Norton System Center.
Norton System Center is the first anti-virus administration solution integrated into the highly
flexible console framework provided by the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 1.0. Norton
AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange allows Exchange administrators to deploy a comprehensive anti-virus
solution while making their own jobs easier by simplifying key management routines such as
configurations, multi-server installation, and virus definition distribution. With features such as
e-mail and Windows NT alerting for repair and quarantine notification, HTML-based configuration and
documentation, alerting of various relevant parties-including sender, recipient, and
administrator-and comprehensive activity logs and statistics, administrators receive the information
they need to help them maintain a virus-free environment.
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange utilizes several new features in order to impose minimal
impact on server performance. A new feature called OneScan scans message attachments only
once-regardless of the number of intended recipients. In addition, Norton AntiVirus scans messages
with attachmetns upon receipt by the mail server via AutoProtect. AutoProtect does not scan again
messages that are sitting in the mail server unless a user initiates a manual scan. To ensure that
virus definitions are current, administrators can use LiveUpdate to download up-to-the-minute
definitions and ensure that each server remains completely protected against the latest threats.
These updates are automatically delivered and fully tested at all times.
Symantec's NAV products have received numerous awards since January 1998, including PC Magazine's
Editor's Choice in 1998 as well as 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility, PC World's Best Buy, PC Computing's
A-List, and Network Computing's Editor-Refuses-to-Give-it-Back.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange is available now and is priced at
$795 per server with 25 users. Site licenses are also available.
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange requires an Intel system running Windows
NT Server 3.51 with Service Pack 4 or Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Exchange
Server version 4.0 or higher, 64MB of RAM minimum, 20MB of free hard disk space, and Netscape
Navigator version 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.x or higher, Java-enabled.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
NAV for MS Exchange is backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research
Center (SARC). SARC is the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located
in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The
center's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively
research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe
computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for
these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected
against the latest virus threats.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
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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
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