HP to ship antispam software on new PCs

Thursday, 19 June 2003, 9:57 AM EST

Saying it wants to protect children from inappropriate material and give customers a more "positive" computing experience, Hewlett Packard will bundle antispam software with its new desktop PCs.

The company will preload interMute's SpamSubtract Pro product on new HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario PCs, according to a statement from Braintree, Mass.-based interMute.

Customers who purchase the new PCs will be able to use the spam blocking software free for 30 days with the option to purchase a full license for the software for $29.95 from the interMute Web site.

SpamSubtract Pro acts like a spam firewall, using a specialized algorithm and database of spam e-mail identifiers such as obscene words and offensive images, as well as commercial solicitations, according to a company spokesman.

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