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July 25, 2006

Yahoo and Symantec team up for security package

Posted by David Hunter at 12:11 PM ET.

Looks like everybody is jumping into the PC security business. First, Microsoft launched OneCare, then AOL stuck its toe in the water and now it’s Yahoo:

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 $49.99, which the vendors described as a “special, promotional” price.

Users can download the suite at Yahoo will promote the suite on its Web sites, like its search engine, and on its products, like its 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 launched its OneCare PC security suite in June.

The article is a little off since “Norton Internet Security” is already an existing Symantec product and this seems to be just a promotional deal. AOL, at least, seems to be arranging a custom package and Microsoft, of course, built their own with the help of acquisitions.

Filed under AOL, Coopetition, Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare, Yahoo

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