Symantec must withdraw all copies of its Uninstaller Deluxe product and all suites including it, under a court ruling in the US. PC software vendor CyberMedia, recently acquired by Network Associates, last week won an injunction against Symantec in its ongoing court case, preventing Symantec from producing, advertising or selling all versions of its Uninstaller Deluxe product below the latest 1.0.5 version. A district judge in the US ruled it was likely that CyberMedia would prove that Symantec infringed on its copyright, stole trade secrets, and stole software code from an earlier version of Cyber-Media's UnInstaller product for use in a previous version of Symantec's Uninstaller Deluxe. The ruling means that Symantec will have to recall all copies of the Uninstaller Deluxe version that remain in the channel, and stop producing and marketing the product. Symantec countered that the latest version of the product was developed from scratch, and distributors had very little old stock. Symantec said it would contact users and ask them to use the free upgrade service to replace the older version. CyberMedia claims the new version also derives in part from CyberMedia code. Symantec claims it was not aware the code may have been stolen, as it originally licensed the code from a company called ZebraSoft, also named in the CyberMedia suit. Enrique Salem, Symantec's chief technology officer, said: "We're just complying with the court order. Anytime you are presented with a case like this, you never know what the outcome will be, so therefore we did a 'clean room' version of the software." Network Associates announced its intention to acquire CyberMedia in July, and approval for the merger was granted last week. Network Associates has said it will support CyberMedia's position. In a bizarre twist, Network Associates is still involved in a case brought by Symantec last year against its McAfee division. Symantec claims that McAfee copied code from Norton CrashGuard and incorporated it into McAfee PC Medic 97 and VirusScan.
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