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SYMANTEC ANNOUNCES ANTIVIRUS FOR MACINTOSH PROTECTS AGAINST MBDF A

SYMANTEC ANNOUNCES ANTIVIRUS FOR MACINTOSH PROTECTS AGAINST MBDF A
 CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) version 3.0 recognizes and protects against the Macintosh virus MBDF A.
 The MBDF A virus attaches itself to applications and system files, creating incompatibilities that can lead to a system crash. Running an infected application quickly infects system files, which in turn infects additional applications when they are launched.
 The MBDF A virus has been traced to the games "Obnoxious Tetris," "Ten Tile Puzzle," and "Tetricycle" (also called "Tetris-rotating"). Tetricycle has been identified as a Trojan Horse, a program that conceals a virus, which users should immediately delete.
 SAM version 3.0 customers can immediately update the detection and protection capabilities of the program against this new virus by entering the new user definition into SAM Virus Clinic. After entering the new SAM user definition, SAM 3.0 users can scan for MBDF A from both Virus Clinic and SAM Intercept. Virus alert postcards with the new user definition have been sent to all SAM 3.0 registered users.
 To detect and repair infected files, users can download the new virus definitions file free of charge from the Symantec Bulletin Board at 408-973-9598, CompuServe, America Online or Applelink. Users can also obtain detection and repair capabilities by ordering a virus update disk for $12 (includes shipping and handling, sales tax added where applicable) through Customer Service at 800-441-7234 in the United States and 408-252-3570 in Canada.
 Symantec is the worldwide leader in providing competitive antivirus protection for Macintosh, IBM and IBM-compatible computers. Symantec markets Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh, a complete antivirus software package which detects and combats all known Macintosh viruses. SAM version 3.0 is available through Symantec's network of distributors and resellers for the suggested retail price of $99.
 Symantec Corp. develops, markets and supports a complete line of application and system software products for IBM personal computers and compatibles and Apple Macintosh computers. Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Brinker of Symantec Corp., 310-449-4142; or Lerry Wilson of Wilson McHenry Co., 415-592-7600, for Symantec Corp./
 (SYMC) CO: Symantec Corp. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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