CUPERTINO, Calif. --February 10, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world’s leading supplier of utilities and anti-virus software products today announced the opening of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) News Bureau, an information center for the media only, which grants access to the latest information pertaining to computer virus threats and antivirus protection. Editors and producers will be able to contact the SARC News Bureau via a special toll-free 1-888 number to obtain information on topical issues such as computer virus threats, virus alerts, education and awareness, anti-virus protection, research on new platforms and vulnerabilities, technology and easy anti-virus protection through Norton AntiVirus products and Live Update.
According to the 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 259 macro viruses as of February 1997, a significant increase since August 1996, when there were only 42. Of these, 252 viruses have been documented for Word, while 7 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.
“Today, with more virus threats, resulting from increased communications via the Internet, it is critically important for our customers to be protected. Therefore, anything we can do to assist the media in disseminating information to the public is in everyone’s best interest.” said Alex Haddox, Product Manager for the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). “By offering the media a 1-888 toll-free number for easy access to SARC spokespersons, they will be able to obtain the very latest information on viruses and we will be able to spread the word and help educate and protect the public.”
Media will soon receive a complete SARC News Bureau package including SARC media kits with the latest information on viruses and anti-virus products, a listing of topics with designated SARC spokespersons per topic, and rolodex cards with the special 1-800 number to the media. Media may also contact Kristin Gabriel, PR Manager, to obtain the 1-800 telephone number. SARC Newsletters will also be mailed to the media on a monthly basis, as will other newsworthy, technology information pertaining to computer viruses.
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 company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. 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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