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Symantec Norton Antivirus Shipping With Small And Medium Business And Corporate PC Product Lines From Hewlett-Packard

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Feb. 12, 2001 Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that full-versions of Symantec Norton AntiVirus will be included on small and medium business and corporate PCs from Hewlett-Packard Company, with free virus definitions for 90 days. The solution, which helps protect against virus attacks, is to be pre-loaded on all HP Brio, HP Vectra and HP e-pc business desktops shipped worldwide.

"As a leading PC supplier, HP continues to provide customers with complete desktop solutions to meet a range of business needs," said Gail Hamilton, senior vice president of Symantec's Enterprise Solutions Division. "We are proud to have been chosen by HP; our relationship is a reflection of the two companies' commitment to bringing customers quality products that address the security needs of organizations of all sizes."

"With an increasing number of businesses wired to the Internet, the issue of virus protection has become a priority," said Olivier Chatel, SMB product manager, HP Business Desktop Division. "Symantec's Norton AntiVirus software will help our customers maintain an always-on Internet infrastructure by boosting their ability to protect business assets from growing security threats on the Web."

Symantec's anti-virus solutions provide customers with automatic protection against viruses and other malicious code at all entry points, including email attachments and Internet downloads. Norton AntiVirus delivers automatic, hands-free detection, analysis and repair of viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java applets and other dangerous fast-moving threats. Norton AntiVirus is a part of Symantec Enterprise Security, which enables customers to build a comprehensive security solution from best-of-breed, multi-platform Internet security products; manageability and administration tools; and world-class professional services and support.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements - including statements regarding the intent to and benefits of including Symantec products with Hewlett-Packard products - that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the execution and benefit of the described agreement will not be as anticipated; the Symantec and AXENT businesses will not be integrated successfully; the costs related to the merger; the difficulty of developing and marketing products that compete effectively with others and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Symantec's business generally. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 29, 2000.


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