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Symantec Corporation, founded in 1982, is an information security company headquartered in Cupertino, California that specializes in computer security and antivirus software.

Symantec has been primarily known for its Norton brand of antivirus and utility software, named for software engineer Peter Norton.

Some software released by the Symantec Corporation are Norton AntiVirus, Norton Commander, Norton Internet Security, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton SystemWorks (which now contains the venerable Norton Utilities), Norton AntiSpam, Norton GoBack, and Norton Ghost.

Due to the recent acquisition of PowerQuest, Symantec now produces the newest versions of PartitionMagic, called Norton PartitionMagic. Drive Image has become Norton Ghost, replacing the original program.

The Symantec Security Response organization (formerly Symantec Antivirus Research Center) is one of the foremost antivirus and computer security research groups in the industry.


Symantec has acquired many companies which gave it the technologies that it uses to produce its current softwares. For the list of acquisitions, see Symantec Acquisitions.

See also

John W. Thompson

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