Norton AntiVirus 5.0 lets users analyze their viruses

The research center sends out
tracking info via e-mail.


In addition to new ActiveX and Java detection capabilities, Norton AntiVirus 5.0 now
can isolate infected files on a hard drive. Users will more easily receive analyses of
unknown viruses they send to the package’s vendor, Symantec Corp. of Cupertino,
Calif.


Roughly 80 percent of infections now are the fault of macro viruses, Symantec officials
said.


Marian Merritt, the company’s senior product manager, said the package’s
Quarantine feature isolates files that are damaged beyond repair by viruses. Users can
update their virus definitions in Norton AntiVirus 5.0 and see whether they can fix the
isolated file, or they can submit it to Symantec’s AntiVirus Research Center for
evaluation.


When users submit viral files, Merritt said, they can delete any sensitive data from
the files and add descriptive information to help Symantec officials understand what
happened.


The center sends out tracking information to the users via e-mail, and it has
streamlined procedures for routing and responding to user requests, she said.


Virus definitions, available on a weekly basis for Norton AntiVirus 5.0, now come only
as new definitions. Merritt said the 4.0 version’s updates replaced the entire
definition set and took up about 1M.


Version 5.0 can scan additional compressed file types such as Hypertext Transfer
Protocol and PKLite, and it has better Zip detection, Merritt said.


Norton AntiVirus comes in client and server versions. The version for Microsoft Windows
NT Server starts at $499, including licenses for one server and 10 workstations.


Norton AntiVirus 5.0 for NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows 9x starts at $49 for one
license. It includes Version 4.0 for Windows 3.x, MS-DOS and NT 3.51. An upgrade from
Version 4.0 is $29.


Agencies can purchase Symantec products from a dozen General Services Administration
Information Technology Schedule contractors. Defense Department users can download the
antivirus products at no charge from http://www.ditco.disa.mil/asp/ncr/dodav97.asp
under the Defense Information Systems Agency’s site license with Symantec.


Contact Symantec at 310-453-4600. 

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