Cupertino, Calif. --February 3, 1998--Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) has posted a comprehensive detection and repair solution for the new "XF.Paix.A" virus which attacks Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. www.symantec.com/avcenter) to be protected immediately. Those users who have scheduled LiveUpdate to run on a regular basis will receive the solution with the next automatic update. As with all virus definition and program updates from Symantec, this solution is free to all Norton AntiVirus users and is fully tested.
"Norton AntiVirus is based on a unique technology called NAVEX. Because of this, SARC is able to provide fundamental updates to our detection and repair capabilities across all platforms, very quickly," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "This technology gives us an advantage over our competitors who must release new versions of their anti-virus software or use stand-alone tools to address such emerging threats."
The XF.Paix.A virus has only been detected in France, but poses a potential threat to users around the world. Unlike traditional Excel viruses, which use macros to infect, this new virus uses formulas inside the data region of the Excel spreadsheet to infect. It installs itself as an Add-In to Excel in a file called xlsheet.xla. The worksheet remains hidden from users and executes each time an existing file is opened or when a user makes changes. Once the virus has executed, it inserts a new worksheet into the file. In addition, it will randomly hide all toolbars and create and show a new toolbar, hide all open workbooks and rename the title bar to "Enfin la Paix," which translates to "peace at last." This virus only affects PC-based platforms.
LiveUpdate Offers Easy Protection
Customers need an easy, automatic way to keep their anti-virus protection current. LiveUpdate simplifies 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, 10 to 15 new viruses are discovered every day. LiveUpdate automatically detects an Internet connection or modem and connects 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. Norton AntiVirus users can schedule LiveUpdate to run at regular intervals or can trigger it manually by pressing the LiveUpdate button.
About Norton AntiVirus
The Norton AntiVirus product line includes a multi-tier strategy that integrates products at the desktop, server, GroupWare server, Internet gateway and firewall to provide users with the most comprehensive virus detection and repair. The products provide users the security of knowing they have the most complete protection available whether downloading files from the Internet, opening attached word documents or accessing floppy disks.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
Symantec's Norton AntiVirus product line is backed by the worldwide support of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center. SARC comprises a dedicated team of virus experts who provide swift responses to local and global computer threats, actively researching and developing technologies to eliminate such threats, and educating the public on safe computing practices.
As new computer viruses appear, SARC develops identification and detection of 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 the LiveUpdate or Intelligent Updater. LiveUpdate provides one-button access to the latest virus definition updates, free of charge (other than normal phone and Internet 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.
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.
Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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