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Symantec Ships Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange

-- Market Leader Protects MS Exchange Mailboxes, Folders, and Databases from both Known and Unknown Viruses --

Cupertino, Calif --July 21, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced it is shipping Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Microsoft Exchange Server, the latest addition to the company's suite of award-winning, comprehensive virus protection products. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange works in real time to scan, detect, and repair viruses found in native Microsoft Exchange environments without inhibiting or degrading server performance or stability. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange further strengthens the Norton AntiVirus Multi-tier solution, which offers complete protection from viruses and malicious code at every level of the corporate network: the desktop, server, and gateway.

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange includes Symantec's unsurpassed Bloodhound technology, which is able to detect and repair unknown viruses automatically. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange provides complete administrative functions that allow users to remotely manage and control their Exchange anti-virus environment from anywhere.

"Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange was developed to provide administrators with a powerful tool for combating viruses that threaten the reliable exchange of corporate information," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange as well as Norton AntiVirus for Lotus Notes, organizations now have an effective virus protection strategy for their groupware environments."

"Millions of people rely on Microsoft Exchange Server as their messaging backbone, enabling them to have strong collaborative application environments," said Dave Malcolm, Group Product Manager, Microsoft Exchange Server. "Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange provides corporations with thorough and reliable enterprise-wide virus protection from one of the industry's most respected and trusted anti-virus vendors."

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange uses Symantec's superior Bloodhound heuristic technology to detect as well as repair both unknown and known viruses at the groupware server before they reach the desktop or the network. Bloodhound works by setting up a virtual computer for a potentially infected application to run inside. As the application runs inside the virtual computer, Bloodhound watches it and categorizes its behavior. If the application acts like a virus and tries to infect other programs, Bloodhound arrests the program.

Norton AntiVirus for Exchange also includes Striker technology, for polymorphic virus protection and Macro Virus Protection (MVP) technology, for complete protection against invasive macro viruses. In addition, Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange scans and repairs compressed files as well as MIME and UUENCODE attachments. With the inclusion of these technologies, Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange leads the current anti-virus product field in detection and removal of file and macro viruses.

Administrators can use the management console in Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange for flexible, centralized virus administration that eliminates the need to move from one server to another to change a setting or monitor virus activity. In addition, installing and configuring Norton AntiVirus for MS Exchange on remote servers can be accomplished from a single central console via distribution utility software. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange can also be administered through the easy-to-use HTML interface of Symantec's recently introduced Norton System Center. Norton System Center is the first anti-virus administration solution integrated into the highly flexible console framework provided by the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) version 1.0. Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange allows Exchange administrators to deploy a comprehensive anti-virus solution while making their own jobs easier by simplifying key management routines such as configurations, multi-server installation, and virus definition distribution. With features such as e-mail and Windows NT alerting for repair and quarantine notification, HTML-based configuration and documentation, alerting of various relevant parties-including sender, recipient, and administrator-and comprehensive activity logs and statistics, administrators receive the information they need to help them maintain a virus-free environment.

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange utilizes several new features in order to impose minimal impact on server performance. A new feature called OneScan scans message attachments only once-regardless of the number of intended recipients. In addition, Norton AntiVirus scans messages with attachmetns upon receipt by the mail server via AutoProtect. AutoProtect does not scan again messages that are sitting in the mail server unless a user initiates a manual scan. To ensure that virus definitions are current, administrators can use LiveUpdate to download up-to-the-minute definitions and ensure that each server remains completely protected against the latest threats. These updates are automatically delivered and fully tested at all times.

Symantec's NAV products have received numerous awards since January 1998, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 as well as 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility, PC World's Best Buy, PC Computing's A-List, and Network Computing's Editor-Refuses-to-Give-it-Back.

Pricing and Availability

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange is available now and is priced at $795 per server with 25 users. Site licenses are also available.

System Requirements

Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange requires an Intel system running Windows NT Server 3.51 with Service Pack 4 or Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Exchange Server version 4.0 or higher, 64MB of RAM minimum, 20MB of free hard disk space, and Netscape Navigator version 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.x or higher, Java-enabled.

Symantec AntiVirus Research Center

NAV for MS Exchange is backed by the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC). SARC is the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the Netherlands, the sun never sets on SARC. The center's 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.

About Symantec

Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.

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