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SYMANTEC ANNOUNCES THE NORTON SPEEDCACHE+; THE FASTEST DISK CACHING AVAILABLE FOR WINDOWS, DOS AND CD-ROM

 CUPERTINO, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Future Systems Solutions to market the Norton Speedcache+ v.4.0, an all- in-one cache for hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives and removable media drives in both DOS and Windows.
 KEY FEATURES OVERVIEW
 -- Speeds up Windows performance by up to 1,000 percent
 -- Speeds up CD-ROMs by up to 3,000 percent
 -- Two to three times faster than Windows' SmartDrive
 -- Speeds up DOS applications by up to 4,000 percent
 -- Caches Windows, DOS and CD-ROM drives
 -- Supports the largest cache size, up to 23MB
 -- 100-percent compatible with virtually all CD-ROM drives
 -- Available now -- $99 SRP
 The Norton Speedcache+ is the fastest hard disk and CD-ROM cache for DOS and Windows, and supports the industry's largest cache size, up to 23MB. The larger the size of the cache, the better Norton Speedcache+ performs, speeding up PC performance to provide lightning fast access to all data and programs. It reads only the data you need, making it faster than any other caching solution for Windows, DOS and CD-ROMs.
 "Norton Speedcache+ is another example of Symantec's efforts to continuously enhance the operating environment with new utilities," said Rod Turner, Symantec's executive vice president of the Peter Norton Group. "It also provides an opportunity to enter into new and expanding markets such as CD-ROM and multimedia."
 Although CD-ROM drives store a lot of information, data access is about 25 times slower than with a hard disk. Norton Speedcache+ lets the user zip through CD-ROM programs such as Microsoft Bookshelf, Compton's Multimedia Encyclopedia for Windows, Atlas, Corel Draw and other graphics and multimedia applications. Benchmark tests show that a typical information search through a Microsoft Bookshelf CD-ROM disk takes over three minutes compared to just nine seconds with Norton Speedcache+ installed.
 The Fastest Cache with the Highest Performance
 Norton Speedcache+ speeds up Windows, DOS and CD-ROM drives -- it makes Windows run two to three times faster, DOS applications 4,000 percent faster and CD-ROM drives 3,000 percent faster. It is two to three times faster than SmartDrive and provides the fastest access to most frequently used data with dynamic monitoring of DOS, Windows and applications. Norton Speedcache+ offers Multi-Writes, allowing the user to multitask and continue working while writing to disk. To further enhance disk access performance, Norton Speedcache+ has incorporated several advanced technologies, including dynamic read-ahead caching and intelligent write-back caching.
 Norton Speedcache+ is the only cache product that integrates and monitors all of a PC's resources, including CD-ROM-based applications and removable cartridge media, constantly adjusting memory usage to always ensure the fastest access times. Norton Speedcache+ revolutionizes the entire cache process by reducing and eliminating extra seeks, reading only the data the user needs, making it faster than any other cache solution.
 FULL COMPATIBILITY
 CD-ROM Compatibility
 Norton Speedcache+ is 100-percent compatible with virtually all CD-ROM drives including NEC, Chinon, Sony, Tandy, Panasonic and Creative Lab's Multimedia Upgrade Kit. In addition, Norton Speedcache+ offers greater speed, greater reliability and the safety of auto-locking to virtually all removable media including Iomega, Quantum and Syquest.
 DOS, Windows and Network Compatibility
 Norton Speedcache+ is compatible with all versions of MS/PC-DOS 3.0 or higher, DR DOS 5.0/6.0, Zenith DOS 3.3+, Compaq DOS 3.31 and higher, Microsoft Windows 3.0 and above, and Windows for Workgroups. It is also compatible with Desqview, Lantastic and Novell Netware-Lite network servers and workstations.
 Norton Speedcache+ also works with popular utilities and add-on drivers like The Norton Utilities, Disk Manager, Stacker, SuperStor, EMM386, 386MAX and QEMM386 including Stealth.
 SPECIAL WINDOWS APPLICATIONS
 Speedcache+ Assist Monitors Performance
 The Speedcache+ Assist utility, designed specifically for Windows, lets users monitor performance directly within the Windows graphical environment. A full-featured interface to Norton Speedcache+ from within Windows gives graphical feedback of cache statistics, allowing the user to view cache statistics, option settings and even specific CD-ROM information on an up-to-the-second basis. Users can also configure the cache on the fly from within Windows.
 Disk Performance Tester
 The exclusive Disk Performance Tester for Windows is a benchmarking program for comparing the performance of different disk drives, disk controllers, disk caches and even disk cache configurations. It provides immediate information to optimize Windows and increases speed two to three times. The Disk Performance Tester can also evaluate the performance of CD-ROM drives.
 Easy Installation, Automatic Optimization
 Norton Speedcache+ offers quick, easy installation in seconds and automatically configures itself for optimum performance. Norton Speedcache+ automatically relocates itself into high or upper memory at installation and does not require any conventional memory. It also supports the industry's largest cache size, up to 23MB, using either extended or expanded memory for its cache.
 Over 30 options allow the user to fine-tune caching performance to blend with unique applications or system configurations. In addition, another 16 options provide the capability to fine-tune caching on a drive-by-drive basis. This means the user can configure and reconfigure virtually all of the caching parameters independently for each drive being cached, both before and after installation.
 Norton Speedcache+ also offers the unique ability to be installed either as a device driver or as a TSR (terminate-stay-resident). Installing Norton Speedcache+ as a device driver provides the ability to accelerate nearly the entire boot process. Installing from the DOS command-line permits the cache to be uninstalled at any time.
 Pricing and Availability
 The Norton Speedcache+ is available at a suggested retail price of $99. It runs on MS/PC-DOS 3.0 or higher, DR DOS, Compaq DOS 3.31 or higher, IBM PC, XT, AT, PS/2 and 100-percent compatibles, and requires 512K RAM, expanded and/or extended memory is recommended.
 Registered users of Norton Utilities and Norton Desktop for DOS can purchase Norton Speedcache+ v.4.0 for $19, plus shipping and handling, until May 31, 1993, by calling 800-441-7234.
 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. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 800-441-7234 toll-free or 408-252-3570.
 NOTE: Brand and product references herein are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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 /CONTACT: Ana Shannon of Symantec, 310-449-4140; or Pam Barnett of Wilson McHenry, 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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