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Symantec Solutions Provide Comprehensive Defense For New HP Desktops Worldwide

Both Norton Personal Firewall and Norton AntiVirus Now Shipping with HP Pavilion and Presario PCs For Enhanced Security

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Oct. 21, 2004 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that its Norton Personal Firewall and Norton AntiVirus solutions will be preinstalled on all new HP Pavilion and Presario desktop PCs, expanding protection to consumers worldwide. Combining Norton Personal Firewall with Norton AntiVirus provides customers with intelligent protection against the full range of today’s Internet threats.

Norton Personal Firewall is Symantec’s award-winning firewall solution, providing a comprehensive firewall, privacy protection, program control, ad blocking, and intrusion prevention system in one product. Norton AntiVirus is the world’s most trusted antivirus, providing automatic protection against viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spyware.

Also included is a 60-day subscription to Symantec’s virus and firewall protection update service to keep HP systems protected from the latest threats.

“Protecting against today’s complex Internet threats demands an equally sophisticated security toolset that includes a full-featured firewall, comprehensive intrusion prevention, and powerful virus protection,” said Matthew Moynahan, vice president, Consumer Products and Solutions, for Symantec. “Providing Norton Personal Firewall together with Norton AntiVirus on HP desktop PCs makes Internet security convenient, easy, and very effective.”

“HP is committed to a quality customer experience,” said John Romano, senior vice president, Consumer PC Organization, HP. “We want to be sure our customers are shielded from today’s malicious Internet security threats right out of the box. By providing Norton Personal Firewall as well as Norton AntiVirus on our desktop line, we are making sure that our customers’ new technology investments are protected with these industry leading solutions from the moment they go online.”

Norton Personal Firewall, a four-time PC Magazine Editors’ Choice award winner, differs from traditional firewall products by providing comprehensive protection that is both sophisticated yet easy to use. Unlike basic firewall solutions, Norton Personal Firewall automatically controls both inbound and outbound Internet connections, examines the actual content of Internet traffic for attacks, and prevents confidential information from being sent to unsecured Web sites or through email or instant messaging services. By providing a comprehensive intrusion prevention system, Norton Personal Firewall is also able to detect and thwart serious Internet threats such as Bugbear, Nimda, and Code Red. In addition, when Norton Personal Firewall detects that the user’s system is under attack, it automatically raises the security level on the system by blocking all traffic from the attacker.

A PC Magazine Editors’ Choice award winner since 1996, Norton AntiVirus this year earned the prestigious Virus Bulletin 100 Percent rating for the 17th consecutive time. Norton AntiVirus protects at all virus entry points—including inbound and outbound email, instant message attachments, and Internet downloads—and blocks worms and script-based viruses, automatically repairs virus infections, and removes Trojan horses and worms.

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