CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 24, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced an agreement with Tele Danmark, Denmark’s largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), to protect subscribers of its Opasia Internet service from virus attack. Under the agreement, Opasia customers will be protected by Norton AntiVirus 2000 as part of their subscription. In addition, Opasia customers will also receive free virus updates through Symantec's LiveUpdate.
"There are a lot of viruses spreading through the Internet. They are spreading alarmingly fast and can cause serious damage in no time. We wish to offer protection against this kind of virus attack to our customers," said Per B. Hansen, Tele Danmark Internet's head of security. "By using the free access to virus updates through LiveUpdate, our customers will have increased protection against new viruses. After reviewing the different anti-virus products on the market, we chose Norton AntiVirus 2000 from Symantec. We consider it one of the best on the market."
About Norton AntiVirus 2000
Norton AntiVirus 2000 includes automatic scanning of incoming e-mail attachments from applications such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Eudora Pro/Lite, Netscape Messenger, and Netscape Mail. In addition, Norton AntiVirus 2000 is now able to automatically eliminate viruses in multiple compressed file levels, such as a Zip file inside another Zip file.
Norton AntiVirus 2000 automatically blocks destructive ActiveX code and Java applets from entering a user's computer. In addition, Norton AntiVirus includes a Trojan Horse detection engine to guard users against online programs that might steal passwords or destroy data. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also features Scan and Deliver, which enables users to send suspicious files to the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center (SARC) via the Internet for analysis and virus definitions.
The LiveUpdate feature provides users with an easy, automatic way to keep their anti-virus protection up to date. Virus definitions and changes to the virus scanning technology are forwarded and installed automatically. Norton AntiVirus 2000 also includes Symantec's advanced heuristics scanner, Bloodhound, which detects new and unknown viruses. In addition, AutoProtect scans all files that are run, copied, created, or downloaded, providing around-the-clock protection.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
Tele Danmark is a Danish-based telecommunications company with 18 operations in 12 European countries. The company’s powerful position in the Danish market serves as a platform for expansion in the European markets. International operations accounted for more than 42 percent of their net revenues in 1999.
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