October 20, 2004 6:25 AM PDT

Spyware spurs Dell to offer protective software

ROUND ROCK, Texas--With spyware problems now accounting for 20 percent of it support calls, Dell will start to bundle a security package on its PCs that will help inoculate users.

The bundle, coming in November, will combine a firewall, antivirus software and anti-spyware software, Mike George, the company's chief marketing officer, said in an interview at Dell's headquarters here. Dell will offer the bundle for free, but consumers will pay for continued subscriptions. George declined to identify the software vendor that will provide the software.

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