CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 28, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that Norton SystemWorks 2001 was named Editor's Choice by Fortune/CNET Technology Review. The award, announced in the Summer 2001 edition of the publication, was based on Norton SystemWorks' exceptional performance, usability, and tools. Norton SystemWorks also won the 1999 and 2000 Fortune/CNET comparisons against McAfee Office, and this year again outperformed all competitors to be named Editor's Choice and top utility suite by PC Magazine.
"It is an honor to earn the Editor's Choice award by CNET, one of the most highly regarded independent reviewing and testing organizations, and Fortune, arguably the most authoritative source for practical business information," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer Product and Client Delivery. "We are pleased Norton SystemWorks has been recognized for continuing to provide consumers with easy-to-use virus protection, system optimization, problem-solving tools, and Internet clutter removal."
According to Fortune/CNET editors, Norton SystemWorks outperformed McAfee Office in a series of comprehensive lab tests, which in turn, accounted for reviewers' recommendation of the popular utility suite as the Editor's Choice winner. "If you're looking for a tightly integrated maintenance suite, you can save yourself a few bucks by getting SystemWorks rather than McAfee Office. It's the better deal all around," they concluded.
Editors singled out Norton SystemWorks for its inclusion of superior utilities and modules to keep systems up and running as well as for its performance and seamless integration. Describing the suite as a collection of "first-rate tools for repairing, maintaining, and optimizing your PC," editors commended it for its small system performance hit‹even with all monitoring capabilities engaged. "It now uses fewer processor resources than ever as it monitors your system's health, defends against virus attacks, and eradicates unwanted applications and junk files," they wrote.
Reviewers continued their recommendation of Norton SystemWorks by acknowledging the suite's tight integration, evidenced in part by its "slick interface." According to reviewers, "All the SystemWorks utilities live under one interface, a simple window with buttons that lead you to each module's tools‹and all these utilities have a consistent look and feel, which is a real time-saver . . . The bottom line: SystemWorks' slick interface, extra-strength tools, and lighter load make it your best bet."
Norton SystemWorks is the smartest way to keep a computer working. It includes Norton AntiVirus, to protect PCs against viruses; Norton Utilities, to optimize system performance; and Norton CleanSweep, to remove Internet clutter. Norton SystemWorks also provides convenient links to online services through Norton Web Services and Symantec Web Partners. Symantec also offers Norton SystemWorks Professional Edition, which includes all the products in Norton SystemWorks as well as >Norton Ghost and WinFax, providing small businesses and power users an integrated tool set with migration/backup and fax capabilities.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.symantec.com.
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