Cupertino, Calif --October 26, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe, the latest version of the industry's leading automatic, comprehensive virus protection for software Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT workstations. In addition to offering users increased security and ease of use, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe includes everything a user needs to receive service and support over the Internet, including free limited-time Internet service, a $30 rebate, access to immediate online product support, and a subscription to Norton Web Services.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe makes it easier and less expensive than ever for users to optimize their use of Norton AntiVirus. Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe includes a six-month free subscription to Norton Web Services, Symantec's library of web-based programs designed to make computing easier and more reliable. Norton Web Services enables users to receive software updates, including virus definitions, as well as freeware/shareware via a simple point-and-click interface. Norton Web Services includes LiveUpdate Pro, which finds and installs new software updates and hardware drivers from leading manufacturers.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe features NETCOM On-Line Communications Services, Inc., a leading global Internet service provider, and includes a $30 rebate as well as 30 days of free Internet service. NETCOM provides reliable Internet access to customers in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Version 5.0 also includes one free session of Chat Now! technical support, thereby enabling users to receive immediate online assistance via Internet conferencing. Chat Now! is Symantec's most recent support program. Its innovative technology was developed for Symantec by Business Evolution, Inc., a New Jersey-based software firm. Users can utilize their free Norton AntiVirus Chat Now! session on any day of week and at any hour. For additional information, visit the Symantec Chat Now! support site at http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/chat/.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe provides protection at all virus entry points, including shared floppy disks, the Internet, e-mail attachments, and networks. Version 5.0 features several enhancements focused on providing customers a more global, simplified, and comprehensive anti-virus solution. Norton AntiVirus Version 5.0 Deluxe includes the ability to safely isolate questionable files, submit files for analysis to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) directly from the product, handle additional compressed file formats, and automatically report on actions the anti-virus software has taken.
Like the previous version of Norton AntiVirus, Version 5.0 Deluxe includes Symantec's next-generation heuristics scanner, Bloodhound. This technology detects viruses by setting up a virtual computer for a potentially infected application. As the program executes within this virtual environment, Bloodhound watches and categorizes the application's behavior. If the program acts like a virus and tries to infect other programs, Bloodhound arrests the program, thereby ensuring administrators and users alike that they are safe from infection by unknown viruses.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe is part of Symantec's suite of multi-tier virus protection products designed to protect the enterprise at the desktop, server, groupware servers, Internet, and gateway levels. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus products have received numerous awards since January 1998, including PC Magazine's Editor's Choice in 1998 for Best AntiVirus Utility for the third year in a row, as well as the magazine's 1997 Best AntiVirus Utility award, Windows WinList, PC World's Best Buy, and PC Computing's A-List.
Pricing and Availability
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe is available now for US$59.95. For a free 30-day trial version, customers can visit the Symantec web site at http://www.symantec.com/trialware/index.html.
For Windows 95/98 users, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe requires an IBM PC or 100 percent compatible, Windows 95/98, an 80386 DX or higher (80486 DX or higher recommended), 8MB of RAM required (16MB recommended), 16MB of hard disk space required, and a CD-ROM drive. For Windows NT users, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 Deluxe requires Windows NT Workstation 4.0, an Intel CPU, 16MB of RAM required (32MB or higher recommended), 16MB of hard disk space required, and a CD-ROM drive.
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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