The reporter was from PC Business World. I remember it well; as I recollect there were 11 viruses on that diskette. And the Symantec excuse was, "Well, those are European viruses". And we all fell about laughing, because, hey, guess what, this is Europe. No, it wasn't a non-working pre-release version, it was a working version. Well, sort of.
The reason I remember it so well, is that Symantec spent £250,000 on the launch of Norton AV, and after the headline in PCBW of "Norton fails", they unlaunched it. But the distributors had everytning set up for pushing it out to dealers, and needed an AV.
So along came Dr Solomon's with a product that actually worked (and in those days, it was possible to write an AV that worked) and we replaced the NAV product in the launch with ours, and that's what got DSAV into the distribution channel. And so that £250,000 ended benefiting us, not Symantec.
I haven't run an antivirus for about 20 years, mostly because I use Linux, partly because the threat today isn't viruses.