Save Your PCs from the Next Virus Outbreak

Save Your PCs from the Next Virus Outbreak

MILPITAS, May 5, 2000 - The natural follow up question to the ILOVEYOU virus story sweeping the world is: "How can businesses and individuals protect themselves better in the future?" Already declared as the costliest virus ever, the ILOVEYOU e-mail worm underscores the fact that antivirus software, while very necessary, does not provide enough protection.

When new virus strains slip through the antivirus shield, businesses and individuals are at high risk for losing valuable data. Even if you're lucky enough to have a backup, time and money is still spent restoring and recreating data that was lost. According to CNET news.com, the ultimate cost of ILOVEYOU is likely to run into the billions.

Protecting data up to the minute is one strategy for preventing costly losses from viruses and worms. A rollback utility provides the perfect bridge between today's disaster and your last backup. PCs equipped with Adaptec's GoBack software are a case in point.

"This morning I fell victim to the "ILOVEYOU" virus which was just beginning its reign of terror. Within minutes I realized that every JPG on my hard drive had been overwritten, and as a web designer I realized this was a serious and potentially disastrous problem," John Skilton, president of Delaware-based SkilTech, Inc, stated yesterday. "Thanks to [GoBack] I rolled back the hard drive to a time 20 minutes prior and went about the rest of my business while others bemoaned the damage caused to their systems by the virus."

Viruses like ILOVEYOU strike, the added layer of protection provided by a utility like GoBack can save businesses millions in data loss and damage.

"Because GoBack allows you to revert your entire hard drive to exactly the way it was before the virus was introduced, you can recover damaged data intact and do it within seconds," explained Eric Schneider, vice president of Adaptec's Plymouth, Minn. facility where GoBack was developed.

Schneider is quick to point out that GoBack is not a replacement for antivirus software, but rather the perfect complement to it. "If a virus is active, GoBack will not disinfect your system," he explains. "But it will allow you to revert your system to a pre-virus state and retrieve and protect your data."

About GoBack

Winner of numerous industry awards, including PC Magazine Editors' Choice (January and May 2000), PC World Best Buy (February 2000) and the Software & Information Industry Association 2000 Codie Award (March 2000), GoBack allows PC users to effortlessly undo a multitude of problems arising from system crashes, failed software installations, virus attacks and user error. GoBack protects both system settings and user content, there by reducing the need to reconfigure systems or recreate data when PCs problems strike. For more information, www.goback.com.

About Roxio

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, develops and markets the best-selling digital media software in the world. Roxio offers award-winning software products for CD/DVD burning, photo editing and video editing and has an installed base of over 150 million users. Roxio distributes its products globally through strategic partnerships with major hardware manufacturers, through leading retailers, through Internet partnerships and through direct sales at www.roxio.com. Roxio's parent company, Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC; http://www.sonic.com) is the leader in digital media software and provides a broad range of software tools and applications for creative professionals, business and home users and technology partners. Sonic's products range from professional DVD authoring systems and interactive content delivery technologies that are used to produce the majority of Hollywood movies released on DVD, to the award-winning Roxio- and Sonic-branded CD and DVD creation, playback and backup applications that have become the premiere solutions for consumers and business users worldwide. Sonic's AuthorScript® is the de facto standard for CD and DVD burning and formatting and has been licensed by major software and hardware manufacturers, including Adobe, Broadcom, Microsoft, Scientific-Atlanta, Sony, and many others. Sonic Solutions is headquartered in Marin County, California.

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