SOURCE: Symantec

September 15, 2008 08:00 ET

You Need the Speed -- "Blast Off With Norton" and Win a Trip to Space!

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - To ignite the launch of the industry's fastest and lightest security software, Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) has kicked off the "Blast Off With Norton" sweepstakes in the United States, Canada, and other countries(1), offering the chance to win a trip aboard a zero gravity flight by Zero Gravity Corp. (ZERO-G) and compete for the grand prize -- a ticket to rocket 62 miles above Earth aboard a suborbital space flight by Space Adventures!

News Facts:

  • To launch Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2009, Symantec is offering the chance to win a seat on a ZERO-G weightless flight, where participants can experience the sensations of floating, flipping and flying through the air in a weightless environment.
  • Fewer than 500 people have been to space, but one lucky winner will join this exclusive club courtesy of Symantec and Space Adventures.
  • Finalists will receive one ticket for a zero gravity flight, airfare and travel accommodations, and Norton's industry-leading security software.
  • The sweepstakes runs September 8, 2008 - December 31, 2008.
  • Finalists will be announced in January 2009 and the winner of the suborbital flight will be announced in February 2009.

About Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2009

  • Reengineered for speed, Norton 2009 includes hundreds of performance enhancements and introduces new technologies:
    • Community intelligence-driven Norton Insight technology removes the need to scan common files, thus greatly reducing the number of files that have to be scanned regularly
    • Pulse Updates every 5 to 15 minutes deliver the latest protection updates faster than any other competitor
  • Norton 2009 includes the Norton Protection System, a multilayered system of technologies that work in concert to stop threats before they impact you.
  • Norton 2009 delivers the best customer experience through features that solve daily problems:
    • Silent mode suspends alerts and updates automatically to avoid interrupting or slowing activities such as games, movies or presentations
    • Smart scheduler handles scans, updates and other activities when the PC is idle, and processes retreat into the background within milliseconds of user activity
    • New user interface (UI) streamlines the experience so users can reach important features with a single click, and advanced users can configure custom settings with ease
    • Lightweight UI includes advanced performance meter to detail CPU usage at any given time
    • Symantec now delivers free support to customers across all available channels -- via the web, email, chat or phone(2)
    • Norton Internet Security 2009 and Norton AntiVirus 2009 are available now for purchase through the Symantec online store at as well as various retail locations and online.



"We've reengineered Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2009 to focus on speed with smart security," said Erin Hintz, vice president of marketing. "We're launching the Blast Off With Norton contest to give consumers the opportunity to experience speed and weightlessness in our products and in real life."

About Norton from Symantec

Symantec's Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft -- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as online backup and PC tuneup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at

Symantec and the Symantec Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About ZERO-G

Zero Gravity Corporation ( is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. ZERO-G is based in Las Vegas and Florida and is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government. For the current flight schedule, more information or to book a seat, visit or call 1-800-937-6480.

About Space Adventures

Space Adventures (, the company that organized the flights for the world's first private space explorers: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev. For more information, visit

Sweepstakes Official Rules

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are the age of majority (19 or older in AL, NE, 18 or older in all other states) and residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are the age of majority in their province of residence (excluding Quebec) located in the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec) at the time of entry. Void elsewhere, and wherever prohibited by law.

No purchase necessary. Purchase does not improve chance of winning.

Sweepstakes is subject to Official Rules, and a complete copy can be found at

(1) Contest terms and conditions vary by country.

(2) Availability of support channels vary by region, and regular Internet connection fees and call charges may apply in certain countries. For full support details, please visit

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