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SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS FOR MACINTOSH (SAM) VERSION 3.0 RECOGNIZES AND PROTECTS AGAINST THE CODE 252 MACINTOSH VIRUS

 SYMANTEC ANTIVIRUS FOR MACINTOSH (SAM) VERSION 3.0
 RECOGNIZES AND PROTECTS AGAINST THE CODE 252 MACINTOSH VIRUS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that Symantec AntiVirus for Macintosh (SAM) version 3.0 recognizes and protects against the CODE 252 Macintosh virus.
 CODE 252 is designed to spread from Jan. 1 through June 5 of any year. The virus only activates, however, between June 6 and Dec. 31. For example, a user may get the virus in February and spread the virus to the operating system and various applications until June 5. When activated by running an infected operating system or an infected application, a message is displayed and the virus then deletes itself from the operating system or infected application. However, the virus may still exist on other applications. Though the virus does not cause intentional damage, an infected system may behave erratically and possibly crash. The CODE 252 virus affects all Apple Macintosh computer systems running either System 6 or System 7.
 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 CODE 252 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 800-465-2266 in Canada.
 Symantec is the world-wide 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., 408-446-7490; or Lerry Wilson of Wilson McHenry Co., 415-592-7600, for Symantec/
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