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Leading PC and Hardware Manufacturers Choose Symantec Security Solutions, Represent Nearly 24 Million Expected Shipments WorldWide

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 17, 2001- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus are expected to ship on an estimated 24 million desktop and/or laptop computers worldwide. Under terms of the multiple OEM agreements, Symantec solutions will be pre-installed or bundled with systems from Acer Inc., Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ), Dell (Nasdaq: DELL), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC), Hewlett Packard Company (NYSE: HWP), IBM (NYSE: IBM), Toshiba (TSBA), and MicronPC, and others. The agreements put Symantec security solutions on an expected 65 percent of branded Wintel desktop and portable systems to be shipped to home and small office segments, based on second quarter 2001 shipment data.

"Our OEM partnerships do more than simply solidify Symantec's position as the security solution provider of choice for the most discriminating system manufacturers. More importantly, they assure our mutual customers that they're protected from the moment their new systems are powered up," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "We are excited that our technology, products, and services are included with the top system vendors in the world to secure their desktop and laptop offerings against the growing Internet security threats."

According to recent research conducted by Symantec, similar OEM agreements have been successful at expanding Symantec's customer base and building brand loyalty. Research reports indicate that 68 percent of users who were introduced to Symantec solutions as a result of their OEM systems said they were very likely to continue to use Symantec products and subscription services in the future. In addition, 67 percent of the polled Symantec OEM customers reported that they were very likely to recommend Symantec products to other users.

"As businesses and individuals engage in commerce on the Internet, keep private and financial data on their systems, or share confidential information through email over public networks, they require essential information security and system protection," said Tom Matson, marketing director of Intel's' Desktop Platform Solutions Division. "The integration of Norton Internet Security, combined with the performance, power and quality for which Intel Desktop Boards are known, provides important online business protection and security features."

"Since last summer, to increase customers' peace of mind and provide the industry's most advanced Internet platforms, Compaq has been shipping both Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security software on all of its Presario Desktop PCs and Norton AntiVirus on its Presario notebooks. Both provide our customers with the confidence that their privacy and important information are protected from external threats," said Brett Faulk, Compaq's Director of Consumer Desktop Marketing. "With the continual feedback we receive from our customers, Compaq continues to deliver innovative, complete solutions that customers demand."

Trusted Security Solutions
Symantec's Norton Internet Security, now compatible with Windows XP, is the most complete and well-integrated online security and privacy suite for Windows users. Norton Internet Security features Symantec's updated, best-of-breed firewall, privacy, anti-virus, and content filtering technologies in a single, easy-to-use suite.

Symantec's award winning Norton AntiVirus is the world's most trusted anti-virus solution designed to provide protection from viruses without interrupting work or slowing down the user's system. Now compatible with Windows XP, Norton AntiVirus 2002 also provides incoming and outgoing e-mail scanning to stop viruses as well as proactive Script Blocking to ensure optimal protection against new threats.

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 37 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding anticipated product shipments, that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the risks that current global adverse economic conditions and reduced spending will continue or worsen; currency exchange fluctuations will adversely affect our results; the continuing integration of the Symantec and AXENT will not be successful; the difficulty of developing and marketing products that compete effectively with others; the vendors will not ship the expected volumes; and other economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting Symantec's business generally. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's previously filed Form 10-K for the year ending March 30, 2001.