Symantec Security Solutions Included in Annual `Best of the Best’ by Smart Business Magazin

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 8, 2001– Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology, today announced that two of its best-of-breed security solutions have been named to the annual “Best of the Best” list by Smart Business magazine. Ziff Davis editors named Norton AntiVirus 2001 the best anti-virus software of the year and Norton Personal Firewall 2001 one of the top personal firewall solutions for 2000. Norton AntiVirus is the world’s leading anti-virus software. Norton Personal Firewall ensures maximum defense against hackers by securing systems, safeguarding privacy, and alerting users to attempted intrusions.

“We are pleased that our security solutions continue to dominate reviews, comparisons, and independent tests conducted by the industry’s most esteemed publications and test centers,” said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec’s Consumer Products Division. “These results help establish and maintain the superior reputation for performance and ease-of-use for which Symantec products are known and which our customers expect.”

To determine the best of the best, Smart Business editors ran thousands of products and services through the state-of-the-art Ziff Davis Smart Business Labs, thereby identifying the top hardware, software, and services of 2000. After carefully testing anti-virus software, and naming Norton AntiVirus the top performer, editors concluded, “The latest edition of Norton AntiVirus scans all downloads and e-mail attachments automatically for potential disaster. Updates run at regular intervals, so you’re protected from the latest threats.”

In addition to earning recognition from Smart Business, Norton AntiVirus also recently was awarded the only perfect score in virus detection and repair tests conducted by the Virus Test Center (VTC) at the University of Hamburg, Germany, one of the most reputable independent test centers in the world.

Norton AntiVirus bested a field of 19 competitors, performing flawlessly in not only detecting, but also repairing all viruses in the VTC testbed. Norton AntiVirus also recently received its 11th VB 100% Award from Virus Bulletin for detecting 100 percent of all “In the Wild” viruses — an award the anti-virus software has earned consecutively since November 1999. Norton AntiVirus also continues to outsell competitors; the product has remained on the PC Data Top 10 Business Software list since January 1998.

Smart Business editors named Norton Personal Firewall 2001 one of only two finalists in the Personal Firewall/Security category. Norton Personal Firewall, a critical component of Symantec’s award-winning Norton Internet Security product suite, protects systems and data from the most common Internet threats. Norton Personal Firewall controls all connections to and from the computer and alerts the user to attempted intrusions, allowing the user to determine which applications can and cannot access the Internet. Users can also use Norton Personal Firewall to prevent personal data from being sent to web sites without their knowledge and to block Java applets, ActiveX controls, and cookies from unfamiliar sites. Norton Personal Firewall 2001 automatically integrates with Norton AntiVirus 2001, giving users the most formidable protection against Internet threats.

About Symantec

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, Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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