Symantec has signed of a multi-year extension to its existing contract with HP, whereby HP consumer desktop and notebook PCs will be shipped with a 60-day version of Norton Internet Security.

Users who buy an HP desktop or notebook PC will have easy access to the leading Internet security solutions on their desktop.

Premlan Padayachi, country consumer manager for Symantec Africa, says: “We have a long history with HP and today are pleased to strengthen this strategic relationship by providing HP customers with our award-winning Norton security solution, which features a full range of protection that is automatic, powerful, and easy to understand and use. As consumers continue to work and play in the connected world, our security solutions, such as Norton Internet Security, provide them the confidence that their information and activities are safe and secure from new and emerging Internet threats.”

Jim Burns, vice president and GM: global attach business at HP, says: “Security is an important consideration when purchasing a PC, so to provide customers with peace of mind HP has once again turned to Symantec. With Norton security solutions pre-installed on our consumer PCs, HP customers can know that their PCs are protected from security threats straight out of the box.”    

New HP consumer PCs will be pre-installed with the latest compatible version of Norton Internet Security, which stops spyware, viruses, worms and hackers from entering a user’s system while also leveraging antiphishing tools to safeguard against visiting fraudulent Web sites.

Norton Internet Security 2007 also provides zero-hour protection against new attacks by identifying and blocking threats before they enter the user’s system. In addition, Norton Internet Security 2007 safeguards against the latest online dangers such as crimeware and other risks that camouflage themselves by using rootkits or packers to hide from security software. Norton Internet Security 2007 offers more up-to-date protection by employing new proactive security technologies while continually being updated with security information automatically delivered by Symantec.