Norton Antivirus 2000 Automatically Protects Against Internet And Email-Borne Viruses
State-of-the-Art Detection and Updating Technologies, Expert SARC Support Keep Pace with Changing Nature of Virus Threats
CUPERTINO, Calif. August 23, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today
announced Norton AntiVirus 2000, the newest version of the leading anti-virus
software. Norton AntiVirus 2000 provides automatic protection against viruses and
other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and
Internet downloads. The redesigned interface provides users with better
explanations of necessary action, reduces system conflicts and allows task-based
and fully customized scanning. Additionally, Norton AntiVirus 2000 is the only
anti-virus software to combine security enhancing, state-of-the-art technologies
with the easiest-to-use automatic updating feature, LiveUpdate. Norton AntiVirus
is also an integral component of Symantec's award-winning Norton SystemWorks 2000
utility suite. Customers can buy Norton AntiVirus immediately at Symantec's
recently introduced online store at www.SymantecStore.com as well as other online
"As the proliferation of malicious code continues to disrupt all activities on
the Internet including commerce, communications and applications, Norton
AntiVirus 2000's next-generation technologies virtually eliminate this growing
risk," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance
Norton AntiVirus 2000 includes powerful technologies designed specifically to
protect consumers while they use the Internet. New to Norton AntiVirus 2000 is
support for automatic scanning of incoming e-mail attachments from POP-based
applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Eudora Pro/Lite,
Netscape Messenger and Netscape Mail, and more. In addition, Norton AntiVirus
2000 is now able to automatically eliminate viruses in multiple compressed file
levels, such as a Zip file inside another Zip file.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 automatically blocks destructive ActiveX code and Java
applets from entering a user's computer. In addition, Norton AntiVirus includes
its Trojan Horse detection engine to guard users against online programs that
might steal passwords or destroy data. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also features Scan
and Deliver, which enables users to use the Internet to send suspicious files to
SARC for analysis and any needed virus definitions.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 utilizes a new graphical user interface for virus alerts
and shutdowns, thereby allowing for a better explanation of necessary actions
while reducing system conflicts and enabling full use of the mouse. New
task-based scanning allows fully customized scanning, easing setup and use.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 is Windows 2000 compatible and Windows 98 tested and
Norton AntiVirus 2000 introduces LiveAdvisor, personalized support services
direct to the desktop via the Internet. With LiveAdvisor, consumers can elect to
receive proactive product support, LiveUpdate alerts, user tips and tricks, and
upgrade notifications automatically, based on user-defined preferences. Symantec
will forward critical service alerts as well as product update information
through LiveAdvisor to make sure customers are informed about the latest threats
and the software is updated to handle them. In addition, users can benefit from
proactive information on the latest features and Symantec's growing library of
top usage solutions. Finally, users can evaluate new product features and
third-party reviews as well as purchase and download the latest upgrade right
from the product.
The LiveUpdate feature of Norton AntiVirus 2000 provides users an easy, automatic
way to keep their anti-virus protection current. With Norton AntiVirus 2000,
users receive pop-up message alerts to remind them when their virus definitions
become dangerously out-of-date.. Also included is a modular engine called NAVEX,
which allows Symantec to ship fundamental changes to the virus scanning
technology with every virus definition update. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also
includes Symantec's advanced heuristics scanner, Bloodhound, which detects new
and unknown viruses. In addition, AutoProtect scans all files that are run,
copied, created, or downloaded, thereby providing around-the-clock protection.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 2000 is available immediately for an estimated retail
price of US$39.95 from Symantec's recently introduced online store
Upgrades are available for US$19.95. It will be in retail stores in September.
In addition, it will also be available at the following online retailers:
and www.compusanet.com. For more
information on how to become a Symantec business partner, retailers can
Intel 486/25 or higher (or 100 percent compatible), Windows 95/98, 16MB RAM (32MB
recommended), 45MB disk space, and CD-ROM. For Windows NT 4.0/2000: Intel CPU (or
100 percent compatible), 16MB RAM for NT 4.0 (32MB recommended), 32MB RAM for
Windows 2000 (64MB recommended), 50MB disk space, and CD-ROM.
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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