Smart Computing Selects Network Associates’ McAfee VirusScan 8.0 as the ‘Smart Choice’ for PC Users

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced its award-winning anti-virus solution for consumers, McAfee(R) VirusScan(R) 8.0, has won Smart Computing magazine’s “Smart Choice” award. McAfee VirusScan 8.0, which includes detection and removal of viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware, was selected for the award based on its comprehensive feature list and its “virus-stopping prowess.” The full review of McAfee VirusScan 8.0 can be found in the May 2004 issue of Smart Computing.

“We are pleased to announce that McAfee VirusScan 8.0 has been awarded Smart Computing’s ‘Smart Choice’ award. This award is given to the product that performs best overall at a specific task among its competitors,” said Jeff Schnittker, marketing representative for Smart Computing.

“Recent consumer PC threats are at an all-time high, making the need for an all-inclusive anti-virus solution immediate and essential. With McAfee VirusScan 8.0, home and small business users can trust their personal information and PCs are protected from viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, web dialers, and other malicious threats around the clock,” said Bill Kerrigan, senior vice president, McAfee Security Consumer division at Network Associates(R). “We are thrilled that a reader-driven publication like Smart Computing has recognized and selected our comprehensive and easy-to-use anti- virus product as the ‘Smart Choice’ to secure today’s PC user.”

In a thorough head-to-head performance test of competing products, Smart Computing selected McAfee VirusScan 8.0 as the best product tested, but it was a number of unique features within VirusScan 8.0 that the editors specifically called out. These award-winning features include:

WormStopper(TM): WormStopper technology helps to stop new mass-mailing worms by detecting activity that may indicate a new, unidentified worm is active on a user’s PC. WormStopper will detect when the system attempts to send out email to a significant number of recipients at once, or when too many emails are being sent over a 30 second period. WormStopper also checks for repetitive email content and will block any suspicious outgoing email and automatically alert the user in an attempt to stop a new mass-mailing worm from spreading.

Spyware, Adware, and Web Dialer Detection: VirusScan detects potentially unwanted programs, such as spyware, adware, web dialers and more, helping to protect users’ data and privacy.

ScriptStopper(TM): Some of the fastest-spreading viruses, like “I Love You,” use scripts to infect a PC. ScriptStopper detects, alerts, and prevents malicious script actions that are initiated on the computer without the user’s consent.

MS Outlook Scanning: McAfee VirusScan provides easy scanning of email and email folders from within MS Outlook so users may initiate email scans at any time.

McAfee VirusScan is currently available at the Company’s Web site:, through key retailers and for members of Internet service and e-mail providers, such as AOL and MSN.

About McAfee Security
The McAfee Security Consumer division at Network Associates, Inc., delivers world-class retail and online solutions designed to secure, protect and optimize the computers of consumers and home office users. McAfee’s advanced retail desktop solutions include premier anti-virus, security, encryption, and desktop optimization software. McAfee’s managed Web security services employ a patented system and process of delivering software through an Internet browser to provide these services to users online through its Web site, one of the largest paid subscription sites on the Internet with over two million active paid subscribers.

About Network Associates
With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Network Associates, Inc. creates best-of-breed computer security solutions that prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from the next generation of blended attacks and threats. Offering two families of products, McAfee System Protection Solutions, securing desktops and servers, and McAfee Network Protection Solutions, ensuring the protection and performance of the corporate network, Network Associates offers computer security to large enterprises, governments, small and medium sized businesses, and consumers. For more information, Network Associates can be reached at 972-963-8000 or on the Internet at .

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