Symantec Norton AntiVirus Receives Third Virus Bulletin 100% Award
- Network Associates NetShield NT and Dr. Solomon's AVTK Fail to Make the Cut -
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 5, 1998 -Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:
SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced that Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT has
earned the VB 100% Award from Virus Bulletin.
Virus Bulletin tested 19 NT-based anti-virus products, including
NetShield NT from Network Associates (Nasdaq: NETA) and AVTK from Dr.
Solomon's and published the results in its September 1998 issue. VB
only awards its VB 100% Award to products that detect all "In the
Wild" viruses in VB's test suites. Virus Bulletin's testing criteria
are widely recognized as the most stringent in the anti-virus
industry. Offerings from both Network Associates and Dr. Solomon's
failed to attain VB 100% awards.
"As the virus threat is continually changing, you should look for
products that have garnered a string of VB 100% Awards, rather than
just managed to capture one or two," wrote Nick Fitzgerald, editor of
VB. "Developers that can best keep their products up to date are more
likely to receive VB 100% Awards." This latest VB 100% Award marks the
third such distinction for Norton AntiVirus this year. In May, Norton
AntiVirus for Windows 95 received the VB 100% Award, and Norton
AntiVirus for NetWare received the award in July.
Virus Bulletin's comparatives typically focus on virus detection
rates, scanning speeds, and, more recently, performance overhead of
on-access or resident scanning components. According to VB, "The
relevance of 'In the Wild' detection tests is that the viruses on the
WildList Organization's lists are acknowledged as causing real-world
virus incidents, and of doing so in more than just one or two isolated
places. Products that do not have a very high detection of these
viruses are unlikely to be of widespread appeal." Norton AntiVirus was
one of only 11 products to earn a perfect score by detecting every "In
the Wild" virus in the test set.
Symantec offers a suite of multi-tier virus protection solutions
designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, groupware
servers, 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 A-List.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Norton AntiVirus for Windows NT 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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