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Norton AntiVirus Wins 11th VB 100% Award

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Sept. 28, 2000 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced that Norton AntiVirus has received its 11th VB 100% Award from Virus Bulletin. The product has received the award consecutively since November 1999.

Virus Bulletin tested 11 anti-virus products on the NetWare platform and published the results in its September 2000 issue. The VB 100% Award is given to products that detect 100 percent of all "In the Wild" viruses, as tracked by the WildList Organization, during extensive Virus Bulletin testing.

"Norton AntiVirus continues to receive recognition as an industry leader in providing the most powerful and reliable anti-virus solutions available today," said Ron Moritz, chief technical officer, Symantec Corporation. "We are committed to keeping our customers protected from current and future malicious attacks and the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center is dedicated in their development of new technologies to combat those ever-changing threats."

Symantec's AntiVirus solutions provide customers with automatic protection against viruses and other malicious code at all entry points, including e-mail attachments and Internet downloads. Norton AntiVirus delivers automatic, hands-free detection, analysis and repair of viruses, malicious ActiveX controls, Java applets and other dangerous fast-moving threats. Norton AntiVirus is part of Symantec Enterprise Security, which enables customers to build the best security solution for their organization by choosing from Symantec's best-of-breed, multi-platform Internet security products; manageability and administration tools; and world-class professional services and support.

As evidenced by its long string of VB 100% awards, Norton AntiVirus has consistently earned high marks. Recently, Norton AntiVirus was once again named to PC Data's Top 10 Business Software list. This is an honor Norton AntiVirus has received consistently since January 1998.

Virus Bulletin's comparatives typically focus on virus detection rates, scanning speeds and performance overhead of on-access or resident scanning components. The viruses on the WildList Organization's lists are acknowledged as causing real-world virus incidents and of doing so in more than just one or two isolated locations.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements. There are certain important factors that could cause the parties' plans to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these is the possibility of a party failing to meet certain conditions set forth in the merger agreement. Additional information concerning that and other factors is contained in the risk factor sections of Symantec's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2000 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000, and AXENT's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 1999 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000.