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Symantec Protects Compaq Presario Systems with Norton AntiVirus

Norton AntiVirus Ships On All Compaq Presario Consumer Desktop And Notebook PCs Worldwide

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Oct. 17, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that its Norton AntiVirus is preinstalled on all Compaq Presario desktop and notebook consumer PCs from HP worldwide. Norton AntiVirus is the world’s most trusted antivirus solution for home computer users.

"We are pleased that HP has selected Norton AntiVirus to safeguard its Compaq Presario desktop and notebook users," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "With Norton AntiVirus, Compaq Presario customers can be assured they are automatically protected against both new and emerging threats, including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and today’s complex blended threats."

"HP is committed to ensuring a safe, enjoyable computing experience for its home and mobile computer users," said Tom Anderson, vice president of marketing, HP's consumer PC business unit. "Loading our versatile, easy-to-use Compaq Presario PCs with Symantec’s intuitive and effective Norton AntiVirus helps us deliver on our commitment."

Under terms of the agreement, HP ships a complete version of Norton AntiVirus with a 60-day subscription period on Compaq Presario consumer desktop and notebook PCs worldwide. Per an earlier agreement, Symantec security solutions are protecting HP’s consumer desktop PCs from virus infection during the manufacturing process by scanning the computers for viruses before they are boxed and shipped out to consumers.

Norton AntiVirus provides comprehensive virus prevention, detection, and repair for users of Compaq Presario PCs. It finds and repairs infected files to keep data safe and secure. In addition, Norton AntiVirus automatically updates virus definitions to protect against both new and unknown viruses. A one-year virus definition subscription renewal may be purchased after the expiration of the initial 60-day subscription period.

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Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

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