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Adobe to promote Symantec suite

Adobe is now advertising Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2006 suite to those who download its PDF Reader software.

Adobe Systems has agreed to promote Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2006 software to people who download its free Adobe Reader. Users who download the latest version of the PDF reader software see an ad for a trial version and special pricing for the security suite, Symantec said Thursday. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Adobe describes the deal as a first step in a growing relationship with Symantec. The deal should help get security software onto the between 30 percent and 40 percent of all connected consumer PCs that currently are not protected, Symantec said. Norton Internet Security 2006 promises to shield PCs against viruses, intrusions, spyware and spam. Symantec has many deals to bundle its software, including several with PC makers. In December, it announced a deal with Cisco Systems to ship Norton Internet Security 2006 with all Linksys wired and wireless routers worldwide.