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Symantec anti-virus and utilities for Macintosh

Symantec announces new versions of its industry–leading
anti-virus and utility products for Macintosh

Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 and Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 provides essential anti-virus protection and the most powerful troubleshooting tools for users

AUCKLAND – November 3, 2000 – Symantec New Zealand today announced the latest versions of Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh and Norton Utilities for Macintosh. Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 offers maximum protection in a connected world, with enhancements that proactively guard against viruses, in a package that’s easy to set-up, use and keep up-to-date. Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 includes the essential tools for solving tomorrow’s problems today, such as disk errors, lost or accidentally erased data or fragmented files on Apple’s new MacOS X. It also improves and optimises system performance. Both products can also be used to repair and analyse MacOS X disks.

Fast Facts
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 offers users:
 Maximum protection from viruses and Internet privacy breaches;
 Flexibility through customisable protection settings;
 The ability to run disk scans and repair files on MacOS X hard disks.

Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 features:
 Improved data recovery
 Customisable Speed Disk optimisation profiles;
 Essential tools and powerful utilities to improve and optimise Macintosh performance. “We’re very excited about the new Macintosh OS and we want to demonstrate our support from the very start by providing smart, updated solutions that are MacOS X compatible,” said Richard Batchelar, Country Manager, Symantec New Zealand. “Customers will find that both Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 and Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 continue to meet the highest standards in anti-virus protection utilities for the Macintosh platform.”
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 provides users with automatic virus protection when using the Internet, by automatically scanning email attachments for viruses. When an email attachment is downloaded, the auto-protect function scans for viruses and performs repairs as needed.

Additionally, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 runs disk scans and repairs files on Mac OS X hard disks after launching from either a Mac OS 9 partition or the bootable compact disk that is included with the product. Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh also continues to support Mac OS 9.1 and 9.
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 also features new, simplified preferences that allow customers to set their anti-virus protection at either none, minimal, standard or full protection levels. Corresponding features are automatically turned on or off, eliminating the need to configure each setting by hand and making the utility quick and easy to set-up and use.

Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0
Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 features improved data recovery benefits for users. The volume recovery process will scavenge old directories and rebuild the catalogue tree to help users recover lost data. A key component of Norton Utilities for Mac is the Norton FileSaver feature, which scans hard drives automatically during idle time, startup or shutdown, and proactively catches disk damage before it results in data loss. Customers not already running the Norton FileSaver component of Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 will experience the best possible results in recovering data through the scavenge and rebuild process.

The majority of features in Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 can be run on a MacOS X disk when the user launches the product from a MacOS 9 partition, or from the bootable compact disk. The feature set will also support MacOS 8.1 and 9.

Additionally, customers can add custom optimisation profiles into the Speed Disk application providing them with the ability to create their own profiles or incorporate profiles made by others. This feature offers customers the ability to personally organise the drive for their own individual needs, a valuable capability for those customers spending a lot of time creating and mastering multimedia, digital movies and on-line music (such as MP3), and for games enthusiasts.

Pricing and availability
Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 7.0 will be available mid November and is priced at $149.00 including GST, with current Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh users able to upgrade for $90.00 including GST.

Norton Utilities for Macintosh 6.0 will be available mid November and is priced at $129, including GST. Current Norton Utilities for Macintosh users can upgrade for $100.00 including GST.

System requirements
Norton AntiVirus 7.0 for Macintosh requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8 or higher, the ability to boot from OS 9 to repair Mac OS X disks, 24MB of RAM, 10MB available disk space for installation, CD-ROM drive and an Internet connection (for LiveUpdate functionality).

Norton Utilities 6.0 for Macintosh requires a PowerPC processor, Mac OS 8.1 or higher, the ability to boot from OS 9 to repair Mac OS X disks, 24MB of RAM, 15MB available disk space for
installation, 10 per cent of disk space available recommended when optimising, CD-ROM drive and an Internet connection (for LiveUpdate functionality).

About Symantec
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, risk management, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management and mobile code detection technologies to customers. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in more than 33 countries including New Zealand. Symantec is represented in New Zealand by Auckland based distributors SealCorp and Tech Pacific.

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