Norton 2000 2.0 the Best Way to Help Consumers, Small Businesses
Protect Themselves Against Y2K Problems
Version 2.0 Features Fix Assistant for Easy Remediation of Common Year
Cupertino, Calif. June 23, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC)
today announced Norton 2000 2.0. Norton 2000 is an effective Y2K solution that
addresses century-date issues on desktop and laptop PCs. By addressing both
hardware and software Y2K issues, Norton 2000 makes it easier for small
businesses, day extenders, and work-at-home employees to effectively reduce the
threat of downtime resulting from non-compliant data, applications and BIOS'.
Version 2.0 features Fix Assistant to help automate repetitive and tedious
"Norton 2000 2.0 is the most effective tool for helping consumers and small
businesses-who rely on the accuracy of the data on their PCs-to significantly
reduce the risks associated with the century-date change," said Enrique Salem,
vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "As with all
Norton family products, Norton 2000 offers users world-class, powerful features
in an easy-to-use format."
The new Fix Assistant for Microsoft Excel allows for quick and easy remediation
of common, repetitive year 2000 issues in data. Norton 2000 scans Excel, Access,
Paradox, dBase, Lotus, and Quattro Pro files. It identifies, prioritizes, and
reports on date calculation anomalies in spreadsheet cells and formulas, database
fields, and forms text. Unformatted files, or files with formats unknown to
Norton 2000, are examined with a generic text date scanner. Fix Assistant enables
users to expand all two-year dates in a spreadsheet to four digits within a
100-year window that the user specifies. Fix Assistant also allows users to visit
each "root of an issue" cell in turn, in order to make individual decisions about
Version 2.0 offers flexible reporting options to enable consumers and small
businesses to compile reports with different levels of detail. Users can select
Detailed or Condensed reporting. Condensed reports are best suited for assessing
which Year 2000 problems exist on a computer, thereby allowing the user to decide
which issues should be addressed first. Detailed reports are ideal for performing
corrections; they display all identified date-related cells, one per line, with
cell contents and the matching format.
Norton 2000 2.0 also scans applications on a system, testing them against a
database of information provided by software vendors. The application scan
provides users with the vendor URL and direct link, if available, and a
description of problems within the application.
To address hardware Y2K issues, Norton 2000 2.0 features a BIOS test and fix. The
BIOS test is a floppy disk date-safe test of the BIOS. It evaluates the ability
of the system to provide accurate dates as the clock rolls over from December 31,
1999, to January 1, 2000. The test is date-safe because it does not access the
hard drive or endanger date-sensitive software or software licenses. A
Windows-based system date test is also included which tests the ability of the
operating system to correctly roll over to January 1, 2000 date sensitive data to
January 1, 2000.
Norton 2000 continues to earn praise from publications representing both the
public and private sectors. In January, Government Computer News awarded Norton
2000 its Reviewer's Choice designation for outperforming its six competitors, and
Windows Magazine named Norton 2000 to its influential WinList-the only Y2K
solution to receive the recognition.
Pricing and Availability
Norton 2000 is available now and has an estimated retail price of $49.95.
Symantec is offering free upgrades to customers using Norton 2000 1.0. On June
28, users can click LiveUpdate to get information about the upgrade.
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