Symantec automates Web searches

Symantec will shortly take its first steps into Internet applications with the release of FastFind, a search utility that lets users tap into the resources of multiple engines.

The firm said the product cuts out duplicated finds and lets users download files by dragging them onto desktops. Using an app-let called NetFileFind, it can also be used to scan through applications stored on the user's hard drive and build links to relevant vendor's FTP sites so that patches and fixes can be quickly downloaded, optionally as zipped files. Another feature, called Notify, lets users select Web sites that can be automatically scanned for updates and then downloaded.

Pricing and availability date are to be confirmed.

Symantec can be contacted by telephone on 01628-592222.

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