SOURCE: Symantec

September 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Symantec's Norton AntiVirus 2007, Norton Internet Security 2007 Provide State-of-the-Art Security and Performance to Protect Against Today's Newest Threats

Symantec Safeguards Consumers From Spyware, Phishing, Stealth Attacks, Crimeware, Viruses, Software Vulnerabilities, and More; Delivers Major Performance Enhancements to Flagship Products

CUPERTINO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2006 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced the launch of Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007, industry leading security applications that have been enhanced in technology and performance to protect users from today's evolving online threats. Norton AntiVirus 2007 is a proven and trusted solution that gives consumers advanced protection against viruses, spyware and related risks. Norton Internet Security 2007 is a powerful security suite that includes the antivirus and antispyware protection of Norton AntiVirus and safeguards against the latest online dangers by providing sophisticated new phishing protection, an enhanced firewall, and defense against software vulnerabilities.

"As the industry leader, Symantec is raising the bar by delivering significant advancements in two key areas of our 2007 release: security technology and product performance," said Enrique Salem, group president, Consumer Products and Solutions for Symantec. "Today's threat landscape shows large, widespread virus outbreaks being replaced by groups of higher frequency, low-visibility attacks aimed at financial gain rather than notoriety. Symantec has responded by developing sophisticated new security features to restore consumer confidence online and world-class protection that automatically identifies and neutralizes online threats without requiring users to make complicated decisions about their security. We've complemented these technological advancements with ground-breaking performance enhancements our customers will feel in almost every facet of the products -- from boot time to full system scans."

Part of the changing threat landscape is the fact that virus writers are rapidly creating variations of existing malicious code rather than developing entirely new threats. Norton AntiVirus 2007 addresses this growing trend by delivering potent new technology that blocks attacks from entire worm and virus families without requiring individual signatures for each new threat. Leveraging newly developed security technology that detects these virus and worm families, Norton AntiVirus 2007 now provides proactive protection for users even before a new worm or virus is created and released. Norton AntiVirus' defenses are kept current with protection updates delivered daily.

In addition, Norton AntiVirus has been strengthened so that it can find new types of viruses that use rootkits to hide themselves from security software. This patent-pending technology detects camouflaged threats at all system levels, including the application, user mode, and kernel level.

Norton AntiVirus 2007 also incorporates enhanced scanning capabilities to ensure that high-risk spyware is detected and removed prior to installation. An improved and faster full system scan leverages foreground and background throttling modes giving users the option to move scanning to the background, requiring less processing power and letting them continue working on their computer without a major performance impact.

Norton Internet Security 2007 includes all the features found in Norton AntiVirus 2007 and enhances its award-winning detection, blocking, and removal tools with innovative transaction security technology that protects consumers against the latest online attacks. The new phishing protection feature safeguards users from online identity theft by combining lists of known phishing Web sites with advanced heuristic technology to help safeguard users from visiting fraudulent Web pages. This sophisticated fraud detection technology allows users to enjoy zero-hour protection against known and unknown phishing sites. As a result, users are protected -- even when they are the first visitors to a fraudulent site.

The Intrusion Prevention feature in Norton Internet Security 2007 offers critical protection against recently discovered vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and other popular applications. These security holes can be shielded by Norton Internet Security much faster than it typically takes a vendor to release a patch to fix the problem. In fact, Symantec's most recent Internet Security Threat Report noted that on average, virus writers are able to start exploiting these new security holes approximately six days after the disclosure of a vulnerability. With Norton Internet Security 2007, viruses, worms and hackers attempting to infect or invade a person's computer through these vulnerabilities are immediately blocked from ever getting on the system. Users are now able to patch their operating system and other applications on their own schedule, yet remain safe.

Norton Internet Security's enhanced firewall addresses one of the greatest frustrations users experience with current Internet security solutions -- confusing firewall alerts. Most firewall applications today require users to decide whether to block or allow software on their computer from connecting to the Internet. Few users have the expertise or the interest in making these decisions. The enhanced firewall in Norton Internet Security 2007 automatically configures itself to allow good applications yet block spyware, viruses, worms, crimeware and hackers from stealing sensitive information from the user's computer. The result is a smart firewall that provides much more effective security and does not require users to make complex security decisions.

In internal performance tests both Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 delivered significant performance enhancements in year-over-year product comparisons in the areas of memory usage, boot time, scan speed, user interface (UI) launch speed, and HTTP download speed. Additionally, Norton Internet Security 2007 outpaced the industry average results in performance tests against nine competitive Internet Security products.* Key findings from the internal product performance review include:

--  Less Memory Usage - Size of working set memory for Norton Internet
    Security 2007 is only 10-15MB -- approximately 2-3x less than the
    competitor's average
--  Faster Scans - Norton Internet Security 2007 runs a full scan on a 1GB
    file set in 2:15 (mm:ss) -- faster than the average scan time of 2:49
    (mm:ss) for tested competing products.  Scans 30-35% faster than Norton
    Internet Security 2006
--  Faster Boot Time - The average boot time impact for tested competing
    products was 20 seconds --Norton Internet Security 2007 impact was only 14
    seconds. Systems boot 5-10% faster than with Norton Internet Security 2006
--  Faster UI Response - The user interface in Norton Internet Security
    2007 launches in under 1 second (following initial launch), about 2 times
    faster than the competitor's average
Norton Internet Security 2007 is designed to work in concert with today's most popular home networking equipment, complementing their security features to provide even greater levels of protection. In addition, an enhanced network detection component automatically provides users with separate security policies for the networks that they connect to. By automatically configuring the security settings for the type of network they connect to, Norton Internet Security customers can take full advantage of their home networks and stay fully protected when connecting to more dangerous public networks.

Viewing security status has never been clearer with the newly designed streamlined user interface of the Norton Protection Center for Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007. Additionally, overall computer status is always visible via the Norton Status icon on the taskbar or the Windows system icon tray.

Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 are backed by Symantec Security Response, a team of dedicated intrusion experts, security engineers, virus hunters, and global technical support teams that work in tandem to provide extensive coverage for enterprise businesses and consumers. Symantec Security Response provides customers with comprehensive, global, 24x7 Internet security expertise to guard against today's complex Internet threats. This security information is delivered to our customers on a daily basis to ensure they remain fully protected.

An optional add-on pack with AntiSpam and Parental Controls will be available for Norton Internet Security 2007 customers who desire these features.

These products are designed for Windows® XP Home/XP Pro users and are eligible for a free Windows Vista™ compatibility update.**

Pricing and Availability

Norton AntiVirus 2007 and Norton Internet Security 2007 are scheduled to be available for purchase through the Symantec online store at as well as various retail locations and online retailers in September 2006.

The suggested retail price of Norton AntiVirus 2007 is US$39.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates). The suggested retail price for Norton Internet Security 2007 is US$69.99 (includes one-year service subscription to use the product and receive Symantec's protection updates). Small Office Packs for 5- and 10-users are scheduled to be available for both products. Norton Internet Security 2007 can be installed on up to three PCs.

Current subscribers of Symantec products who are eligible for Norton AntiVirus 2007 or Norton Internet Security 2007 upgrades will be notified via in-product notification. These customers can also renew their subscriptions for US$39.99 and US$49.99 respectively.

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* Testing conducted on Windows XP SP2 system with 256 MB RAM, non-hyperthreaded Pentium 4 against nine Internet Security industry competitors.

** Microsoft® Windows Vista™ compatibility update subject to production release of the Windows Vista operating system within the service period. Separate downloads may be required. For more information, go to See Microsoft for Windows Vista system requirements.

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