CUPERTINO, Calif. -October 25, 2000 - Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced the latest versions of Norton Utilities for Macintosh and Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh. Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 helps customers optimize performance and easily solve problems, such as disk errors, lost or accidentally erased data, or fragmented files. Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 detects and repairs infected files to keep personal data safe and secure.
Norton Utilites for Macintosh 6.0 provides essential tools which enable customers to optimize system performance and solve problems on Macintosh operating systems, including Apple's Mac® OS X Public Beta when launched from the Mac OS 9 partition or from the bootable CD. Norton Speed Disk™ optimizes hard drive performance by defragmenting files and placing frequently used files in the optimal location. Norton Disk Doctor™ allows users to find and repair disk problems with a click of a button.
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0, the world's leading anti-virus software for Macintosh, includes enhancements that provide proactive protection from viruses when using the Internet in a package that is easy to set-up, use and keep up to date. Customers will also be able to scan and analyze Mac OS X Public Beta disks when launched from the Mac OS 9 partition or from the bootable CD.
"We're excited about Apple's anticipated new Mac OS X and what it means for consumers with new levels of power and usability. These new versions of Norton Utilities and Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh demonstrate our commitment to the millions of Norton customers who use the Macintosh platform and rely on us to keep their machines virus-free and running at peak performance," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec's Consumer Products Division. "Customers will find both Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 and Norton Antivirus for Macintosh 7.0 continue to meet the highest standards in utilities and set the bar for the category on the Macintosh platform."
Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0
Improved data recovery benefits have been added to Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0. The volume recovery process will scavenge old directories and rebuild the catalogue tree to help customers recover lost data. Customers who have not been running Norton FileSaver™ on their Macintosh will experience the best possible results in recovering data through the scavenge and rebuild process.
Also, customers will be able to add custom optimization profiles into the Speed Disk application. They can create their own profiles, or incorporate those made by others, to organize their drive for the kind of work they do most. This capability is particularly valuable to customers who spend a lot of time creating and mastering multimedia, or enthusiasts of games, on-line music (such as MP3) and digital movies.
The majority of features in Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 can be run on a Mac OS X Public Beta disk when the user launches the product from a Mac OS 9 partition or from the bootable compact disk. The feature set will also support Mac OS 8.1 and above.
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0
Norton Antivirus for Macintosh 7.0 can run disk scans and repair files on Mac OS X Public Beta hard disks after launching the application from a Mac OS 9 partitions or the NAV-Mac bootable compact disk. Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 will also continue to support Mac OS 9.
This new version also provides proactive protection when using the Internet by scanning e-mail attachments for viruses. When an e-mail attachment is downloaded, Auto-protect scans for viruses and can perform repairs as needed.
New simplified preferences allow the user to set AntiVirus protection at no protection, minimal, standard or full. Corresponding features will be turned on or off, eliminating the need to configure each setting by hand, although customers still have the options to set preferences individually if they choose. This new feature makes it quick and easy to set up and use Norton Antivirus for Macintosh.
Pricing and Availability
Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 and Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 are scheduled to be available mid-November at estimated retail prices of $99.95 and $69.95 respectively. Current Norton Utilities for Macintosh users will be able to upgrade at an estimated price of $49.95. The suggested upgrade price for current users of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh is $39.95.
Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, must boot from Mac OS 9 to repair Mac OS X Public Beta disks, 24MB of RAM, 15MB available disk space for installation, 10% of disk space available recommended when optimizing, CD-ROM drive, and an Internet connection (for LiveUpdate functionality).
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, must boot from Mac OS 9 to repair Mac OS X Public Beta disks, 24MB of RAM, 10MB available disk space for installation, CD-ROM drive, and an Internet connection (for LiveUpdate functionality).
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding expected product releases, features and pricing. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts, performance or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Among these are the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments, the competitive environment in the software industry, dependence on other products, fluctuations in currency exchange rates and economic structures of foreign operations, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems, new security threats and the importance of new Symantec products. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements above. Additional information concerning those and other factors is contained in the "Risk Factors" section of the company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000.