CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 2, 1999 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing, today announced the availability of Symantec's utility software package created to provide Macintosh customers - including the growing number of iMac owners - everything needed to solve their computer problems, get organized and stay productive. The utility package consists of industry-leading Norton AntiVirus 5.0 for Macintosh and includes both Spring Cleaning 2.0 from Aladdin Systems, Inc. and Retrospect Express 4.1 from Dantz Development Corporation directly inside the Norton boxes.
Beginning March 1, 1999, consumers can purchase the bundle, valued at more than $250, for $149 at major retail computer stores and mail order stores nationwide. The price of the bundle represents savings worth more than $100 off the total suggested retail price of the individual products. Customers receive the utility tools required to keep their systems safe, optimized, and problem-free -- all for a price less than the combined suggested retail price of both Norton products.
"For more than ten years, Symantec has been committed to serving the utility and antivirus needs of the Macintosh community," said Enrique Salem, vice president of Symantec's Security and Assistance Business Unit. "With the Symantec utility bundle, we are providing customers tremendous value and reaffirming our commitment to the Macintosh customer segment. For Macintosh users, including the booming number of new iMac owners, the Symantec utility bundle is an absolute 'must-have' to keep their systems safe and problem-free."
Norton Utilities 4.0 for Macintosh
Norton Utilities for Macintosh contains the utility tools for data repair, recovery and system optimization Macintosh users need to protect their systems and their valuable data -- all on a single, bootable CD. All primary utilities in Version 4.0 are PowerPC native and compatible with Apple's new Mac OS Extended Format, HFS+, resulting in significant improvements in overall product performance. Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0 will also operate under System 8.5. In addition, Norton Utilities for Macintosh 4.0 features a more intuitive interface designed in response to user feedback.
Norton AntiVirus 5.0 for Macintosh
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh offers the most comprehensive virus detection and prevention available for the Macintosh. The latest edition includes automatic virus definition updates through LiveUpdate and seamless file repair through Auto Repair. Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh also incorporates Symantec's exclusive Bloodhound-Macro heuristic technology for detection and repair of new and unknown macro viruses, and expands the SafeZone beyond the desktop to the entire drive. In addition, like Norton Utilities for the Macintosh, Norton AntiVirus for the Macintosh now also features a bootable CD in case of an emergency.
Spring Cleaning 2.0
Spring Cleaning by Aladdin Systems, Inc. is the best selling uninstaller for Macintosh users and helps users clean up their hard drive by searching for and removing redundant and unnecessary files, applications, folders, and fonts. Spring Cleaning helps free disk space in ten ways. Each utility is designed to search for specific types of files, applications, folders, or fonts that may be wasting disk space and reducing productivity.
Retrospect Express 4.1
Retrospect Express 4.1 by Dantz Development Corporation is an award-winning Macintosh backup software featuring Internet backup, file encryption, additional device support, MacOS 8.5 support, and a bootable disaster recovery CD to Retrospect Express.
Pricing and Availability
Symantec's Macintosh utility software package is available for $149 at major retail computer stores including CompUSA, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and MicroCenter. Customers can also purchase the package through mail order stores like PC Connection, Creative Computers, Micro Warehouse and Multiple Zones.
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center
The Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) is the industry's largest dedicated team of virus experts. With offices located in the United States, Japan, Australia, and Europe, 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.
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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