FTD Protects Florist Locations With Norton AntiVirus, Provides Remote Help Desk Support Via pcANYWHERE
Symantec Products Preinstalled on All FTD Mercury Wings Computer Systems Worldwide
CUPERTINO, Calif --December 14, 1998-- Symantec
Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal
computing, today announced that pcANYWHERE32 v8.0 will be included on every
FTD Mercury Wings computer system throughout the United States and Canada. Mercury Wings is FTD's
new Windows NT-based hardware/software system available to more than 21,000 florists through the
U.S. and Canada as well as by 54,000 florists in 153 countries around the world.
pcANYWHERE32 will provide FTD Florists the ability to easily access the FTD Help Desk securely and
reliably anytime, anywhere, to receive hands-on technical support. This support allows FTD to
provide a greater level of service to its customers and simplify the florists' experience with the
Help Desk while reducing FTD's support costs. Norton AntiVirus will provide FTD Florist systems with
state-of-the-art virus protection at all virus entry points, including shared floppy disks, the
Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks. Mercury Wings users receive free upgrades on all
business programs, including Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE, that come preinstalled on the systems,
thereby minimizing the problems associated with using outdated technology.
"With the inclusion of powerhouse applications such as Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE,
Mercury Wings offers a whole new level of big-time capabilities to even the smallest floral shops,"
said Bob Norton, President and CEO of FTD. "Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE add valuable protection
and support capabilities to our thousands of Mercury Wings users worldwide."
"We are excited to be part of FTD's unique system that was designed to offer florist shop owners the
finest business tools available today," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security
and Assistance Business Unit. "With Norton AntiVirus and pcANYWHERE on all Mercury Wings systems,
FTD businesses are receiving the most powerful and popular virus protection and remote control
software applications on the market."
About Norton AntiVirus
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 protects Mercury Wings computers with the world's most
powerful anti-virus capabilities. New features in version 5.0 include Scan and Deliver, which allows
users to e-mail potentially infected files to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) for
analysis and receive a response and/or a fix within seven days, as well as Quarantine, which
provides users a safe and simple vehicle for isolating suspicious files.
Version 5.0 also offers the ability to quickly download only the new virus definitions a user needs,
enabling users to maintain complete virus protection even while on the road. In addition, version
5.0 provides for more frequent, weekly virus definition updates, which are fully tested. Norton
AntiVirus 5.0 also features improved handling of compressed file formats, supporting ZIP, LZEXE,
LHA, and LZH files, thereby providing international FTD businesses with virus protection for
regional compressed file formats and protecting Internet users from the growing threat of virus
infection through compressed file e-mail attachments.
In addition, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 includes powerful technologies designed specifically to prevent
virus infection from Internet sources. Symantec added its new Trojan Horse detection engine to the
AutoProtect feature in version 5.0 to guard users against online programs that may steal passwords
or destroy data. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 also includes state-of-the-art technology that automatically
blocks hackers and destructive ActiveX code and Java applets from entering a user's computer.
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, 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. In
addition, for the third time this year, Virus Bulletin awarded a Norton AntiVirus product its
coveted 100% Award for detecting all in-the-wild viruses in VB's comprehensive test sets.
pcANYWHERE32 v8.0 includes features that help FTD Florists stay productive and
minimize connection charges. In addition, pcANYWHERE automatically knows the type of computer and
modem combination the user is utilizing, thereby providing quick plug-and-play capabilities. For
ease of use, pcANYWHERE includes wizards that walk the user through the process of connecting to his
or her office PC.
Founded by a group of florists in 1910, FTD is the world's largest floral organization and
the only to offer consumers a 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee. The company links 21,000 florists
through the U.S. and Canada and through its international affiliates, and connects over 54,000
florists in 140 countries around the world. For more information, contact the FTD web site at
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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