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Symantec's New Norton Systemworks 2002 Delivers Enhanced Virus Protection, Advanced System Recovery Tool, Windows XP Support

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Aug. 27, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security, today announced Norton SystemWorks 2002, the best-of-breed problem-solving suite that offers a comprehensive, integrated solution set to help keep PCs running at optimal performance levels. Norton SystemWorks 2002 now features improved anti-virus protection with new automatic safeguards against virus threats, an advanced system recovery tool for quick and easy disaster recovery options, and support for Microsoft's new Windows XP platform.

"The advanced features in Norton SystemWorks 2002 supply customers of all levels of expertise with even more robust problem-solving and performance-enhancing tools," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "By delivering our best-selling problem-solving suite to consumers and small businesses, Symantec makes it more convenient than ever before to enjoy safe and hassle-free computing."

Key new features in Norton SystemWorks 2002 include:

  • The newest versions of Symantec's award-winning consumer problem-solving products including Norton AntiVirus 2002, Norton Utilities 2002 and Norton CleanSweep 2002
  • GoBack 3 Personal Edition by Roxio, Inc., an advanced system recovery tool that allows users to easily restore healthy system configurations and lost or damaged data
  • Process Viewer that enables users to determine utilization of system resources by providing a detailed list of all currently running applications
  • Streamlined product installation that allows for quick and easy setup on a home or office PC
  • One Button Checkup that utilizes Windows task scheduler to offer automated computer problem assessment on a regular basis without user interaction
  • Support for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional

Complete and Effortless Virus Protection
The Norton AntiVirus component of Norton SystemWorks 2002 provides consumers with smart and easy to use anti-virus protection, designed to work in the background of a system, keeping users protected with minimal interruptions. With a completely redesigned user interface, Norton AntiVirus 2002 provides users with a simple, unobtrusive virus alerting system that stops viruses before they can infect a computer. By default, Norton AntiVirus 2002 automatically repairs virus-infected files and updates virus definitions. New script blocking technology proactively protects against certain known and unknown threats without the need for virus definitions. Common script-based virus threats that arrive via email, such as the renowned "I Love You" and "Anna Kournikova" viruses, are automatically blocked and users are kept alerted to any virus-like malicious behavior. Norton AntiVirus 2002 also scans both inbound and outbound email to prevent email programs from sending or forwarding virus-infected mail, while also seamlessly integrating with Windows Explorer.

Quick and Easy System Recovery
The inclusion of GoBack 3 Personal Edition in Norton SystemWorks 2002 allows users to easily recover data in the event of a system crash, virus attack, failed software installation or user error. The feature returns a system to a time when it was working properly and data was intact. With GoBack 3 Personal Edition users can fix a PC on their own, without having to know what went wrong. With just a few mouse clicks, customers can easily and immediately restore healthy system configurations and dramatically reduce PC downtime, data loss and technical support costs.

Support for Windows XP
Norton SystemWorks 2002 provides complete support for Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. With performance-enhancing features such as system optimization and sophisticated virus scanning, Norton SystemWorks 2002 helps to extend the functionality found in Windows XP. Users will benefit from Symantec's proven track record of providing top-notch solutions that keep new operating systems running at peak performance levels and allow customers to get the most out of Microsoft's newest platform.

Optimized PC Performance and Elimination of Internet Buildup
Norton SystemWorks 2002 includes full versions of the newest releases of Norton Utilities 2002 and Norton CleanSweep 2002. Norton Utilities 2002 continues to provide users the most comprehensive toolset for optimizing PC performance and for solving PC problems quickly and reliably. Norton Utilities 2002 helps keep hard drives organized efficiently for faster access and stability. Through fully integrated utilities such as Speed Disk, Norton WinDoctor, Norton System Doctor, Norton Protection, UnErase, Norton Disk Doctor, and Wipe Info, Norton Utilities 2002 diagnoses and solves a complete range of Windows problems. In addition, Norton Utilities 2002 can be run continuously in the background to detect potential disk and system problems and, in many cases, can automatically take preventive measures to avoid serious trouble.

Norton CleanSweep 2002 is one of the quickest and easiest ways to safely eliminate Internet buildup and other hard drive clutter. It improves PC performance by safely removing unwanted programs and files while protecting against accidental file deletion. The Internet Sweep feature cleans away debris accumulated by web surfing. Fast and Safe Cleanup automatically removes files that are no longer needed. The Uninstall Wizard provides step-by-step guidance for removing old programs and their associated files. Together, these capabilities offer Windows users the safest, most intuitive tool for improving PC performance.

Users can continue to take advantage of value-added features, including Norton Web Services and Symantec Web Partners. Norton Web Services is an Internet-based service provided by CNET CatchUp, which provides easy access to updates for hardware drivers, games and other software. Symantec Web Partners -- Expertcity and Xdrive Technologies -- offer Norton SystemWorks 2002 users with access to real-time, live computer help and advice, and professional online file storage and collaboration services.

Symantec also offers Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition, which includes all the products in Norton SystemWorks 2002, as well as Norton Ghost 2002 and WinFax 10.0 Basic Edition, providing small businesses and advanced users with powerful solutions for system upgrading, backup, recovery, and fax capabilities.

Pricing and Availability
Norton SystemWorks 2002 and Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition are available now for pre-order at www.SymantecStore.com at an estimated retail price of $69.95 and $99.95 respectively. Current users of Symantec point products and select competitive products can take advantage of a $30 mail-in rebate when they upgrade to Norton SystemWorks 2002 or Norton SystemWorks 2002 Professional Edition. Customers can purchase Norton SystemWorks from various retail locations, Symantec's online store at www.SymantecStore.com, as well as at other online retailers.

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 37 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

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