Symantec Announces New Version of Market-Leading Norton AntiVirus
-- Version 5.0 now provides superior protection against Internet threats, simplified virus removal, SARC analysis services, and micro definitions --
Sunnyvale, Calif --August 10, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:
SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced Norton AntiVirus (NAV) 5.0, the latest
version of the industry's leading automatic, comprehensive virus
protection for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT workstations.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 offers users increased security and ease of use,
while continuing to provide protection at all virus entry points,
including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 features several enhancements focused on
providing customers with a more global, simplified, and comprehensive
anti-virus solution. Version 5.0 includes the ability to safely
isolate questionable files, submit files for analysis to the Symantec
AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) directly from the product, handle
additional compressed file formats, and automatically report on
actions the anti-virus software has taken.
"With Norton AntiVirus 5.0, we are taking the award-winning technology
Symantec is known for and combining it with new advanced service
features to provide our customers unparalleled protection and
ease-of-use," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's
Security and Assistance Business Unit. "This new version gives our
customers direct access to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center as
well as advanced file handling capabilities that make virus protection
easier and safer than ever before."
In addition to providing the best detection of in-the-wild and macro
viruses, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 provides users with additional
protection and security via a new Scan and Deliver capability. This
feature enables users to encrypt potentially infected files, e-mail
them to SARC for analysis, and receive a response and/or a fix within
Version 5.0 also includes a new Quarantine option, which provides
users with a safe and simple vehicle for isolating suspicious files.
The Quarantine option is included in the virus alerts and in the
Repair Wizard, which simplifies system cleanup after a virus
infection. Quarantine moves viral files to a safe location,
quarantined from the rest of the system to prevent the spread of the
virus while allowing the user to fix the file.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 also offers the ability to quickly download only
the new virus definitions a user needs. This option enables mobile
users and international users concerned with minimizing expensive
connect times to maintain complete virus protection even while on the
road. "Micro" definitions benefit users in international markets where
high telephone rates might prohibit them from updating their virus
definitions or where poor line quality might prevent successful
downloads of large files. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 also provides for more
frequent, weekly virus definition updates, which are fully tested.
In addition, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 features improved handling of
compressed file formats, supporting formats including ZIP, LZEXE, LHA,
and LZH, thereby providing international users with virus protection
for regional compressed file formats and protecting Internet users
from the growing threat of virus infection through compressed file
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 includes powerful technologies designed
specifically to protect the computer user while they use the Internet.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 includes state-of-the-art technology that
automatically blocks destructive Active X code and Java applets from
entering a user's computer. And because approximately 90 percent of
Trojan Horses found in circulation today are from online services,
Symantec has added its new Trojan Horse detection engine to the
AutoProtect feature in Norton AntiVirus 5.0 to guard users against
online programs that may steal passwords or destroy data.
Like the previous version of Norton AntiVirus, Version 5.0 includes
Symantec's next-generation heuristics scanner, Bloodhound. This
technology detects viruses by setting up a virtual computer for a
potentially infected application. As the program executes within this
virtual environment, Bloodhound watches and categorizes the
application's behavior. If the program acts like a virus and tries to
infect other programs, Bloodhound arrests the program, thereby
ensuring administrators and users alike that they are safe from
infection by unknown viruses.
By including new ease-of-use features, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 increases
the likelihood of safe computing for PC users of all expertise levels.
With Norton AntiVirus 5.0 virus alerts provide a confirmation of the
results of its virus elimination attempts, thereby offering users a
more complete understanding of their system status and an improved
sense of security. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 is also compatible with
Windows 98, giving users uninterrupted virus protection without
requiring user intervention. Version 5.0 takes advantage of the unique
features of Windows 98, including complete integration with the
Windows 98 scheduler.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 is part of Symantec's suite of multi-tier virus
protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop,
server, groupware, Internet, and gateway levels. Symantec's Norton
AntiVirus products have received numerous awards since January 1998,
including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus
Utility for the third year in a row, as well as the magazine's 1997
Best AntiVirus Utility award, PC World's Best Buy, and PC Computing's
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 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.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 will be available Aug. 20 for US$49.95. The box
will contain Version 5.0 for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT (4.0) and
will also include Version 4.0 for Windows 3.1, Windows NT (3.51), and
DOS customers. Upgrades are available for US$29.95. Site licenses
are also available. For a free demo, visit the Symantec web site at
http://www.symantecstore.com/trialware/index.html. Virus definition updates
are free for the first year. Thereafter, customers can buy a
subscription for the virus definitions for only US$3.95 per year for
online subscriptions. Disk-based subscriptions are also available.
For Windows 95/98 users, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 requires an IBM PC or
100 percent compatible, Windows 95/98, 486/25 or higher, 8MB of RAM
required (16MB recommended), 24MB of hard disk space required, and a
CD-ROM drive. For Windows NT users, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 requires
Windows NT Workstation 4.0, an Intel CPU, 16MB of RAM required (32MB
or higher recommended), 24MB of hard disk space required, and a CD-ROM
drive. For Windows 3.1 users, Norton AntiVirus 4.0 requires Windows
3.1, an 80386 DX or higher, 4MB of RAM required (8MB recommended), 9MB
of hard disk space required, and a CD-ROM drive. For DOS users, Norton
AntiVirus 4.0 requires MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, an 80386 DX or higher,
4MB of RAM required (8MB recommended), 9MB of hard disk space
required, and a CD-ROM drive.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
Symantec 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.
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