Symantec and Freeinternet.com Enter Into Strategic Distribution Agreement to Promote Internet Security
Symantec Software to be Included on 100 Million Freeinternet.com CDs
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 2, 2000
- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced that freeinternet.com, the global leader in providing 100 percent free
and anonymous Internet service, has chosen Symantec's award-winning Norton
Internet Security and Norton Utilities software as the security standard for
freei's SM 2.2 million registered users. Additionally, Symantec has agreed to
bundle and distribute free Internet access from freei with selected Symantec
In the first step of their new relationship, Symantec will provide trialware
versions of its market-leading Internet security, personal firewall and
diagnostic software on more than 100 million freeinternet.com CD-ROMs distributed
throughout North America. Freei users will have additional opportunities to
download Symantec software through the freei Web site portal page and within the
"Technology" and "Cool Extras" Web channels.
"Freeinternet.com is committed to maintaining a high-quality, secure environment
for our users," said Bob McCausland, president and CEO of freeinternet.com.
"With Symantec's solutions, we are offering our customers the best protection in
"Symantec's service provider partnerships are key to our strategy to deliver our
best-of-breed security solutions to consumers, using the Internet as the
channel," said Gary Warren, senior vice president of Business Development at
Symantec. "As the number of people connected to the Internet continues to grow
at an exponential pace, we hope that the availability of solutions like Norton
Internet Security and Norton Utilities will set the standard for Internet
Norton Internet Security safeguards confidential files, protects unauthorized
users from inappropriate Internet content and includes the award-winning Norton
AntiVirus. In addition, Symantec's firewall technology offers protection from
hacker infiltration, provides customized privacy settings and protects the user
from browser cookies that collect the user's personal information when accessing
Norton Utilities simplifies the critical but often complex task of finding,
fixing, and repairing computer problems. By providing crash protection, registry
repair and optimization, disaster recovery, and more in a comprehensive yet
simple package, Norton Utilities enables users to be sure their PCs are running
at peak performance levels. The addition of Windows hardware diagnostics to
Norton Utilities gives users the ability to quickly check the health of their
entire PC systems-including speakers, CD-ROMs, memory, printers, modems, and more
with a single mouse click.
Freeinternet.com, home of the precocious "Baby Bob," is a global leader in
providing free and anonymous Internet service. Freei SM gives consumers 100%
free, unlimited internet access, e-mail, news, chat, free long distance calling,
free website hosting, shopping in the freeimall SM and more - all made fun and
easy with "Myfreei," a customizable home page and "My Neighborhood," which offers
localized information. Freeinternet.com offers private label solutions, targeted
advertising opportunities, and sponsorships. Seattle-based freeinternet.com
serves over 2.2 million registered users and is available in 1,500 cities and
To download free internet services, visit freei SM at www.freeinternet.com or
call toll-free at 1-877-FREEI-4U (1-877-373-3448) to order a free CD-ROM. There
is absolutely no charge for the service. Ever.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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