Yahoo, Symantec offer security bundle

Yahoo and Symantec launched a PC security suite to protect users from viruses, spyware and other Internet dangers.

Yahoo, in partnership with Symantec, launched an Internet security software suite dubbed Norton Internet Security and designed to protect online users from threats like viruses and spyware, the companies said Tuesday.

The suite includes Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and Norton Personal Firewall products. Yahoo users can try it out for free for 30 days, after which they can purchase a 12-month subscription for US$49.99, which the vendors described as a "special, promotional" price.

Users can download the suite at http://downloads.yahoo.com/security. Yahoo will promote the suite on its Web sites, like its search engine, and on its products, like its browser toolbar.

Yahoo and Symantec have collaborated for years. For example, Yahoo uses Symantec security technology in Yahoo Mail and the companies offer a co-branded browser toolbar.

With this new deal, Yahoo is responding to a similar suite that rival AOL is now testing called Total Care, which includes technology from McAfee, a Symantec competitor.

The deal also increases distribution for Symantec, a timely boost after Microsoft Corp. launched its OneCare PC security suite in June. OneCare, which includes antivirus, backup, firewall, antispyware and PC tuning features, costs US$49.95 for an annual subscription covering up to three Windows XP PCs.

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