Utility software maker Symantec is buying a PC management software supplier to avoid the effects of a damaging legal battle with rival Network Associates.
Symantec will buy Quarterdeck, which produces an uninstaller software package, Cleansweep, in a bid to get round its legal dispute with Network Associates over its Norton Unistaller application.
Symantec has been ordered by the courts to stop shipping the Uninstaller application, because it contains code that may infringe on patents owned by a Network Associates subsidiary.
Rather than fight a protracted legal battle, Symantec chief executive Gordon Eubanks said he would prefer to switch to another product. The deal is worth $65 million in stock.
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