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Symantec is Only Vendor to Detect 100% of Both Standard and In-The-Wild Viruses in Recent Virus Bulletin Tests

Symantec Norton AntiVirus Earns 15th Virus Bulletin 100% Award

CUPERTINO, Calif. - November 20, 2001- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Symantec's Norton AntiVirus received its 15th Virus Bulletin 100% award as a result of the most recent Virus Bulletin testing, and was the only company out of 21 major anti-virus vendors, to detect 100% of both standard and in-the-wild viruses of the sample set used for this test. The November 2001 testing was completed on the Microsoft Windows NT operating system.

"While we are seeing a trend toward more complex, blended security threats, an effective anti-virus solution remains a vital piece of a complete network security solution," said Vincent Weafer, senior director, Symantec Security Response. "Symantec was the number one performer in this round of tests, and has received a long string of VB 100% awards, proving Symantec's Norton AntiVirus continues to be the most powerful and reliable anti-virus solutions available today."

The prestigious VB100% logo is awarded to products that detect in-the-wild viruses, as tracked by the WildList Organization, during both on-demand and on-access scanning. In-the-wild viruses are viruses that are currently spreading among computer users. Standard viruses exist only in virus and anti-virus labs, not in the wild. Most standard viruses never get released into the wild, and as a result, rarely threaten users.

Symantec's anti-virus solutions provide customers with automatic protection against viruses, worms and other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads. The solutions provide hands-free detection, analysis and repair of viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java applets and other dangerous fast-moving threats.

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus is an important component of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technologies, global response, and services necessary to manage its information security requirements. Symantec's comprehensive methodology offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with virus protection, firewall security, intrusion detection and vulnerability management. Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services. For more information, please visit Symantec's Enterprise Security Web site at http://enterprisesecurity.symantec.com.

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. 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 and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader 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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