RadioShack and Symantec Announce Software Alliance
Nation's Largest Consumer Electronics Retail Chain Teams With Industry Leading Utility Software Vendor To Offer Co-branded Software
Fort Worth, Texas - April 1, 1999 - RadioShack, the retail operating format
of Tandy Corporation (NYSE: TAN), and Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC),
announced today an agreement to offer co-branded utilities software.
SystemWorks will be available through the retail chain's more than 7,000 outlets
nationwide in April.
"With a RadioShack store in nearly every neighborhood across America, this
agreement gives an unprecedented number of computer users access to the world's
most popular utilities software," said Rick Borinstein, senior vice president of
merchandising for RadioShack. "RadioShack is pleased to add its name to the
renowned Norton brand and offer Symantec's most innovative software solutions at
our convenient locations from coast to coast."
"This agreement underscores our commitment to make our powerful utilities
software available to protect more desktops," said Enrique Salem, vice president
of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "Thousands of computer
users trust the Norton name to protect their computers. With this agreement,
RadioShack has made it easier for even more consumers to have the protection
RadioShack/Norton AntiVirus includes all of the functionality of Symantec Norton
AntiVirus 5.0, providing 100% detection of in-the-wild viruses in recent tests
by Virus Bulletin.
Its LiveUpdate feature simplifies the process of downloading virus definition
updates, thereby protecting users' systems from sources of infection, including
the Internet, floppy disks, email attachments, shared files, and networks. Also
included is the ability to safely isolate suspicious 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
action the anti virus software has taken.
RadioShack/Norton CrashGuard intercepts crashes and screen freezes long enough
for the user to save his or her work. It also reduces the chance of a system
crash by utilizing award-winning Norton technology to find and solve disk
The RadioShack/Norton SystemWorks suite offers virus protection, crash
intervention and access to software updates as well as freeware/shareware via a
simple point-and-click interface. The suite also includes utilities to diagnose
and repair disk and Windowstm related problems, optimize the Windows swap file
and registry, protect deleted or overwritten files and edit the system registry.
About Tandy Corporation/RadioShack
Tandy Corporation/RadioShack is the nation's largest consumer electronics chain
and one of the most trusted electronics retailers in the United States. With
more than 7,000 stores and dealers, RadioShack sells more wireless telephones,
telecommunications products and electronic parts and accessories than any other
retailer. It is estimated that 94 percent of Americans live or work within five
minutes of a RadioShack store or dealer. For more information, visit Tandy
Corporation/RadioShack web sites at www.tandy.com and www.radioshack.com or by
About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
RadioShack/Norton AntiVirus is backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
(SARC). SARC is the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. The
center's mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threat,
proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such treats, 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.
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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