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Symantec Solutions Named Best Of Best By Microsoft IT Professionals

Symantec Ghost, Symantec AntiVirus Top Redmond Magazine Survey

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Jan. 12, 2005 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the global leader in information security, today announced that Symantec Ghost and Symantec AntiVirus were named Best of the Best in the 2005 Redmond Magazine Readers' Choice Survey. Redmond Magazine, formerly Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine (MCP Magazine), is the independent voice of the Microsoft IT community; its readership is comprised of IT professionals.

Symantec Ghost took the drive imaging category with 59.5 percent of the vote-"a landslide victory," according to Redmond Magazine editors-and the largest percentage of votes of any product in any category. Symantec AntiVirus easily won the antivirus category, with 43.7 percent of the vote-the third highest percentage of votes of any product in any category.

"The big winner this year was Symantec's Ghost, which earned more votes than any other product in our survey," editors wrote. Symantec Ghost is a comprehensive imaging and deployment solution for IT administrators.

"There was little surprise in your favorite anti-virus utility," editors continued. "Symantec AntiVirus was the big winner here." Symantec AntiVirus provides scalable, cross-platform virus protection for enterprises.

"Because these awards are based on the experiences of IT professionals who work with a flurry of products every day in order to keep their organization's infrastructures running efficiently and effectively, it is truly an honor to see these IT veterans point to Symantec solutions as the Best of the Best," said Rob Clyde, chief technology officer, Symantec Corp. "With this recognition, Symantec reaffirms its commitment to delivering the tools and services that make IT administration, security, and management easy, cost-effective, and reliable."

Nearly 2,200 Microsoft IT professionals participated in the survey, signaling which products they considered their trusted partners by voting for their favorites in more than 40 categories.

About Symantec
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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