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Symantec Leads Retail Software Market During 1998

Symantec Continues Momentum of Business Software Sales with Four of Top Ten Products in January 1999

CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 2, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) was the leading business software vendor in both units and dollars for 1998 after Microsoft according to independent market intelligence firm, PC Data. Symantec clearly leads the top-selling business software list, with eight products in the top 20, more than any other software vendor including Microsoft.

Symantec products in the top 20 business software list include Norton AntiVirus 4.0, Norton AntiVirus 4.0 Deluxe, Winfax Pro. Continuing its momentum and leadership into the new year, Symantec maintained four of the top ten products on the PC top-selling business software list for January 1999. Chief among these products was Symantec's Norton SystemWorks, the industry's first fully integrated suite of utility products. Since its introduction in September 1998, SystemWorks has appeared continuously in the top 20 on the PC Data top-selling business software lists and was named the third best-selling business software product for December 1998 and January 1999. Other top-selling Symantec products for January 1999 include Norton AntiVirus 5.0, pcANYWHERE 32 and Winfax Pro 9.0.

"Symantec is committed to exceeding customer needs through high quality and innovative products," said Keith Robinson, vice president of the Americas region for Symantec. "The success of Norton SystemWorks stems from Symantec's efforts to integrate its award-winning utility products into a suite that is installed and functions as a single product. This product architecture better serves our customers' demands for simplicity and ease-of-use while providing them with the leading anti-virus and utility products."

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