SOURCE: Symantec

March 28, 2007 08:00 ET

Symantec's Norton 360 Awarded Coveted PC Magazine Editors' Choice

Editors Call Norton 360's AntiVirus and AntiSpyware Protection "Stupendous"

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that its new all-in-one security service, Norton 360, has been designated PC Magazine's Editors' Choice. Norton 360 protects computers and the information stored in them from Internet threats and risks, as well as data loss, allowing computer users to freely engage in their everyday online activities without worry. Norton 360 helps restore computer users' trust when conducting activities online with transaction security features that protect against online fraud. Norton 360 also diagnoses and fixes common computer problems, optimizing PC performance and speed.

"In developing Norton 360, we focused on providing computer users with the essential protection they need to stay safe and secure online with Symantec's leading security technology, and we also worked hard to ensure they'd have a seamless, user-friendly experience," said Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec Corp. "It's an honor to receive PC Magazine's Editors' Choice designation. As one of the industry's top awards, it validates the significant effort and expertise we put into the development of the service."

Norton 360 was created with the basic computer user in mind -- one who doesn't want to deal with adjusting security settings or having the service bring up numerous prompts to accept or deny an action. Norton 360 is ideal for users who want their security to work automatically. PC Magazine editors wrote "Norton 360 takes care of your computer's security, keeps it tuned up, and automatically backs up your files -- all without getting in your face. It offers security as a service, like Windows Live OneCare and McAfee Total Protection, but does so better than either of these competitors."

Norton 360 provides complete protection through PC Security, Transaction Security, Backup and Restore, PC Tuneup and Embedded Support. In PC Magazine's review, editors highlighted the following features:

--  AntiVirus and AntiSpyware Protection - Norton 360 features Symantec's
    industry-leading protection against a wide range of threats and risks,
    including viruses, spyware, hackers and more.   "The results overall were
    stupendous," Neil Rubenking, PC Magazine editor, wrote.  "Like [Norton
    Internet Security] 2007, Norton 360 removed all eight of the commercial
    keyloggers I use for testing.  Of nineteen assorted spyware, adware, Trojan-
    horse, and rogue antispyware samples, it detected every single one..."
    Rubenking also noted Norton 360's powerful protection against new and
    unknown threats.
--  Support - Norton 360's embedded support gives users easy access to
    technical support via phone, as well as free support via live chat and e-
    mail.  Rubenking praised the product's live chat feature noting the fast
    response from a Symantec technical support representative.
--  Firewall - PC Magazine states that Norton 360's firewall "...blocks
    incoming attacks silently, lets known good programs do what they want, and
    simply removes known bad programs.  With unknown programs, the suite
    monitors what they're doing and stops them cold if it decides they're
PC Magazine editors closed the review by stating that "Norton 360 has definitely hit the sweet spot, both performing its tasks effectively and minimizing user interaction."

Pricing and Availability

Norton 360 is now available for purchase through the Symantec online store at and is currently available for purchase at various retail locations and online retailers. The optional add-on pack with AntiSpam and Parental Controls will be available to Norton 360 customers at the end of March 2007.

The suggested retail price of Norton 360 is US$79.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates). Norton 360 can be installed on up to three PCs.

Norton security solutions are designed to leverage the Windows Vista operating system, offering the top-choice in Vista-compatible security performance. Norton 360, along with Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus and Norton Confidential, delivers all-encompassing integration with Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows XP. Customers can now rely on Norton 360, featuring Norton's patented technologies, to provide the most complete all-in-one security solution to protect against today's and tomorrow's threats.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at

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