Acer to bundle Symantec software

Taiwanese PC maker will ship Norton security products on its PCs sold worldwide.

Joris Evers Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Joris Evers covers security.
Joris Evers

Acer will ship Symantec consumer security software on new PCs sold worldwide, the software maker said Tuesday. The Taiwanese PC maker will preinstall Norton Internet Security 2006 or Norton AntiVirus 2006 on more than 45 million desktop and notebook computers. Acer buyers will get the typical 90-day complimentary trial and have the option to purchase a full 12-month subscription when the trial period is over, Symantec said.

The deal with Acer is one of many bundling agreements Symantec has signed to get its software in front of consumers. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company also ships its products with Linksys networking gear from Cisco Systems, and its software is part of the Google Pack of free tools, for example. In such agreements, the security software maker typically pays a flat fee and may also share revenue generated by the partnership. Financial details of the Acer deal were not disclosed.