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Symantec Announces Macro Virus Protection for Microsoft Office 97

Symantec Provides Customers With Protection from Viruses in Office 97 Environment

CUPERTINO, Calif. --January 23, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world’s leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today announced its support solution for the new file formats that shipped with Microsoft’s Office 97 suite. Virus detection support for Office 97 datafile structures and viruses written in the Visual Basic 5.0 macro language will be available to Symantec customers via free definitions available by March 3, 1997on Symantec’s web site and other locations.

“Office 97 is a departure from prior datafile structures,” said Alex Haddox, Product Manager for the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). “Current anti-virus technology does not understand the new file formats and, as a result, cannot detect or remove viruses from files using Office 97 technologies. Our solution includes adapting our NAVEX modular engine technology to provide the latest virus protection for Office 97, across Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with the standard, free Norton AntiVirus and SAM definition sets which are available to registered users.”

According to SARC, three to six new computer viruses are discovered every day and, of those, there are an alarming number of new macro viruses. Researchers have documented 210 macro viruses as of January 1997, a significant increase since August 1996, when there were only 42.

Of these, 205 viruses have been documented for Word, while 5 have been found in Excel documents. Norton AntiVirus products give users the security of knowing that they have the most complete virus protection possible, whether they are downloading files from the Internet, opening e-mail attached Word documents or accessing floppy disks.

The new Office 97 support will include all Symantec anti-virus platforms including DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, NetWare and Macintosh. Norton AntiVirus definitions can be easily obtained by using Intelligent Updater and LiveUpdate, which provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, or by accessing Symantec’s web site (www.symantec.com), FTP site (ftp.symantec.com) or BBS (541-484-6669) and Symantec’s forums on CompuServe, America Online and the Microsoft Network. This provides Symantec customers with the most up-to-date and advanced anti-virus protection available.

New viruses are being discovered every day, so users need an easy way to keep their anti-virus protection current; LiveUpdate revolutionizes the update process and provides end-users with a revolutionary way to protect against both today’s virus threats and those that will appear in the future – a critical requirement when, on average, 3-6 new are discovered every day. With the click of a button, LiveUpdate detects an Internet connection or modem, automatically connects it to a Symantec server, then downloads and installs the latest virus definitions. In addition to receiving Symantec’s free monthly virus definition updates, LiveUpdate may also be used to install software patches and obtain product information.

About Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC)
SARC is comprised of a dedicated team of virus experts whose sole mission is to provide swift, global responses to computer virus threats, proactively research and develop technologies that eliminate such threats, and educate the public on safe computing practices. As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection for these viruses, and provides either a repair or delete operation, thus keeping users protected against the latest virus threats. These virus definitions updates are available to users of Norton AntiVirus, and are easily obtained by using LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and internet access charges) to registered users. Symantec is the only anti-virus company that provides its users virus definitions that are free of charge, easy to obtain and install, and updated monthly by SARC.

The press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec’s future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is obtained in the “Risk Factors” section of the Proxy statement dated July 29, 1996, the company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending September 27, 1996.

About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the companyÕs global operations span North America, Europe and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.

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