Symantec Provides Uninstall Product With Norton SystemWorks
Cupertino, Calif --October 20, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:
SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced that Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98 is now
included on the free Bonus Pack for Norton SystemWorks, the industry's
first wholly integrated suite of utility and anti-virus products.
Norton SystemWorks is comprised of Symantec's award-winning utility
and anti-virus products: Norton Utilities, Norton AntiVirus, Norton
CrashGuard, and a six-month subscription to Norton Web Services. The
free Bonus Pack of individual products includes Quarterdeck's
Remove-It 98 as well as four of Symantec's popular communications and
Internet products: Norton Mobile Essentials, Visual Page, WinFax Basic
Edition, and pcANYWHERE Express. Together, the Norton SystemWorks
package and Bonus Pack represents a retail value totaling over $500.
"Norton SystemWorks is the first comprehensive, integrated suite of
utilities. Much more than a bundle, we have integrated the
best-selling Norton products through our integration technologies and
a single, easy-to-use interface," said Enrique Salem, vice president,
Symantec Security and Assistance Business Unit. "By including
Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98 with the free Bonus Pack, we are able to
offer users a high-quality uninstall utility that will help improve
their systems' performance."
Quarterdeck's Remove-It 98, which PC Magazine called "one of those
gotta-have utilities," safely and accurately removes any 32- or 16-bit
application. It supports long filenames, the system registry,
drag-and-drop, and other Windows 95 features.
Superior Integration, Ease of Use, and Value
Norton SystemWorks was designed specifically to provide consumers a
comprehensive, completely integrated solution to keep their computers
working. Much more than a bundle, Norton SystemWorks gives
users everything they need in one box -- one install, one product
update center, one manual, one support line, one emergency disk set,
and a single, easy-to-use interface. Each product in the Norton
SystemWorks suite is part of the Norton family of products that were
designed and developed to work together. These products were then
integrated using Symantec's proprietary integration technologies,
thereby eliminating the problems associated with bundled offerings.
Norton SystemWorks vs. McAfee Office
An integrated suite like Norton SystemWorks differs from a bundled
offering like Network Associates' (Nasdaq: NETA) McAfee Office in
several notable areas:
Norton SystemWorks requires a single install and
registration. McAfee Office requires the user to install and register
each product separately and in a prescribed order, then reboot after
every installation. In addition, after each install, the manual
prompts McAfee Office users with the following: "Make sure after each
installation that you restart and test your system to make sure there
are no conflicts with existing software before installing additional
Each product in Norton SystemWorks was developed
at Symantec. Out of McAfee Office's ten products, only two were
originally developed by Network Associates; two others were originally
developed by Helix, four by CyberMedia, one by PGP, and another by
Netopia. This "kitchen sink" approach results in overlapping product
functionality, significant incompatibility issues, limited interface
consistency, and overall mismanagement of system resources. For
example, McAfee Office includes three versions of WinGauge-one from
Nuts & Bolts, one from Hurricane, and a third from 2000 ToolBox.
Beyond the duplicate functionality and space requirements, this can
cause resource problems when each scan runs simultaneously.
Norton SystemWorks ships with a 150-page manual that
covers all products in the suite. McAfee Office ships with a 22-page
user guide that includes only install information and brief product
descriptions. For more in-depth documentation, McAfee Office users
must go online to access individual product manuals.
Because Norton SystemWorks is a single package, it places
one icon on the desktop. McAfee Office places 10 icons on the desktop.
In addition, if a Norton SystemWorks user chooses to not install a
product, the Norton SystemWorks Integrator shows a gray button
indicating that the product is not installed. If a McAfee Office user
chooses to not install a product, the McAfee Office Central is
unchanged. Instead, a user trying to access an uninstalled product
receives an error message.
Rescue disk sets
Upon installation of the product, Norton
SystemWorks users are prompted to make a single rescue disk for
emergency use. McAfee Office users are prompted to create rescue or
emergency disks after installing Nuts & Bolts, 2000 ToolBox,
VirusScan, and Guard Dog. In addition, First Aid also offers to create
yet another emergency disk. As a result, knowing which disk to use in
case of an emergency is confusing and difficult.
Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks is available now at a suggested retail price of
Norton SystemWorks requires an IBM PC or 100% compatible, Windows
95/98, 486/66 or higher, 16MB RAM, 95MB hard disk space for typical
installation - 115MB for complete installation, CD-ROM drive
double-speed or higher, and 256-color VGA or better video.
Norton System Works Bonus Pack requires and IBM PC or 100% compatible,
Windows 95/98, Pentium 100 MHz or higher, 32 MB RAM, 103 MB Disk Space
for all 5 products combined, VGA Video 256 color minimum (Super VGA
recommended), CD-ROM drive, Fax Modem required: Class 1, Class 2,
Class 2.0 (WinFax only) TCP/IP Network Protocol (pcANYWHERE EXPRESS
only), and pcANYWHERE Host, version 8.0 or higher (pcANYWHERE EXPRESS
Merger Agreement to Acquire Quarterdeck
Recently, Symantec announced it has signed a definitive merger
agreement to acquire Quarterdeck Corporation. Quarterdeck is a
recognized technology leader in the software utilities and
communications markets. Symantec's acquisition of Quarterdeck will
provide leading edge technologies to complement Symantec products.
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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