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Symantec Corporation

October 12, 2010 08:00 ET

Norton 360 Version 5.0 Beta Now Available for Download and Testing

Norton Sets a New Bar for Protection With One Trillion Ratings Served by the Norton Reputation Service

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2010) - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced availability of the public beta of Norton 360 version 5.0, an award-winning premium all-in-one security suite. Norton 360 beta incorporates the powerful security protection found in Norton Internet Security 2011, including the latest generation of the Norton reputation-based security technology. Norton products leverage this to check specific attributes of downloaded files to identify and stop completely new malicious programs faster than ever, no matter which browser, instant messenger or file sharing program you use[1]. Since its launch last year, more than one trillion file reputation ratings have been served by this powerful technology. Norton is so effective that in a third-party test by Dennis Labs, it ranked first in real world threat detection[2] and was the only vendor to achieve a remarkable 100 percent protection score, marking its second year in a row to secure this distinction.

Additional security features that help deliver Norton's award-winning protection include Download Insight 2.0, which checks every download file for malware before it is allowed to run using the latest-generation reputation system and SONAR 3, which provides true "zero-day" protection against new and emerging threats designed to evade other security features. Also in Norton 360 beta is System Insight 2.0, with new Proactive Performance Alerts that identify programs that overuse system resources and cause PC slowdowns.

In addition to providing core security, Norton 360 beta includes identity protection, automatic backup and PC tuneup features to give computer users comprehensive, automated protection for their PC in a simple set-it-and-forget-it package. Consumers can feel safer shopping and banking online with antiphishing technology, Identity Safe protection, and Norton Safe Web site ratings. Norton 360 beta also offers the ability to backup important files or photos online and restore or access them from anywhere on the Web. PC tuneup technology is designed to improve computer performance so users can spend more time doing what they want, and less time waiting for their computer to boot up or for applications to load. 

"Full protection online requires a combination of the right security solution, identity protection, reliable backups, and regular PC maintenance," said Jens Meggers, vice president of engineering, Norton products. "But a recent study conducted by Norton shows that 62 percent of adults worldwide don't use strong passwords and 69 percent don't regularly backup1, which are important steps to take to stay secure online. Norton 360 makes it easy for consumers to take these actions, plus more, to ensure their files, photos, and important documents are protected."

Norton 360 beta's new user interface organizes settings, security controls, and information about a computer's protection and performance status in one simple redesigned screen. New this year is the Norton Protection Map, which provides up-to-the minute information about the newest threats Norton has identified and is protecting its users against. This map brings to life the fact that cybercrime is happening right now, all around the world, reminding users that they need to be diligent about online safety. The new user interface also includes one-click access to Norton Online Family, a family safety service, and Norton Safe Web, which warns if a website is unsafe before clicking on it.

Beta Availability

The beta is available for free public download now at: Norton beta testers are encouraged to share feedback and discuss their product experiences in our Norton Public Beta Forum.

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Symantec's Norton products protect consumers from cybercrime with technologies like antivirus, anti-spyware and phishing protection -- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as online backup, PC tuneup, and family online safety. Fan Norton on Facebook at and follow @NortonOnline on Twitter.

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[1] Supported programs: Internet Explorer, Firefox, AOL, Chrome, Safari, Opera, QQ, MSN Messenger, MSN Explorer, Yahoo (IM), MSN, Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, Limewire, BitTorrent, FileZilla.
[2] Source: Dennis Technology Labs report, "PC Virus Protection 2011", Aug 2010.
1 Source: Norton Cybercrime Report: The Human Impact, Sept 2010.

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