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Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2002 Earns Editors' Choice Award from CNET

Product Recommended As "Head and Shoulders" Above the Competition

CUPERTINO, Calif. - April 29, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton AntiVirus 2002 has earned the prestigious Editors' Choice award from CNET, the renowned global source of information and commerce services for the technology industry. Symantec's Norton AntiVirus was awarded the designation based on its excellent track record against viruses, as well as its simple interface, ability to scan both incoming and outgoing e-mail attachments, and unique support for Windows XP.

"CNET is an undisputed global leader in providing reliable information and commerce services for the technology industry," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Symantec is pleased that CNET editors recommend Norton AntiVirus as the preferred antivirus product for its extensive and highly valued customer base. This win attests to the solid leadership of Symantec in providing customers with effective solutions that address today's most challenging security issues."

"Norton AntiVirus can seek out and destroy bugs better than the Orkin man, identify viruses faster than the CDC, and stomp worms harder than the cruelest kid," wrote the CNET editors. "Our antivirus favorite stands head and shoulders above the competition."

"We like Norton AntiVirus 2002 for its ease of use and unparalleled track record at stopping viruses that are in the wild," they continued. "This newest version scans both incoming and outgoing e-mail, providing protection not found in any other antivirus product . . . Norton AntiVirus [also] is the first and, at the moment, the only antivirus application for Windows XP."

While editors lauded the inclusion of comprehensive scanning, quarantine, and e-mail client integration capabilities of earlier versions of Norton AntiVirus, they also singled out many of the product's newest features. Editors highlighted its ability to scan outgoing attachments. "Since some of the most noxious worms, such as SirCam, replicated via e-mail without the sender's knowledge, we particularly appreciate this improvement," they observed. Also commended were the product's script-blocking features and its ability to scan for embedded VBScript and JavaScript worms.

According to editors, the effectiveness of Norton AntiVirus is evidenced by its exceptional track record, as recorded by Virus Bulletin. Norton AntiVirus has a 16-month winning streak of Virus Bulletin 100% Awards, a designation reserved for programs that detect 100 percent of in-the-wild viruses. Editors further praised the way in which Norton AntiVirus eliminates viruses, calling its automatic detection and repair a useful and reassuring tool for novice PC users.

Symantec's automatic LiveUpdate also earned praise from CNET editors, as did its low impact on overall system performance. "Unless you catch a virus seconds after it hits the web, Norton AntiVirus is probably already up-to-date and ready to repel the most recent viruses," they concluded. "Norton AntiVirus [also] barely impacts your PC's performance."

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