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  • Network Associates Cleans Unknown Virus in Four Hours
  • October 13, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Network Associates Inc. of Japan plans to start a service to clean files infected by unknown computer viruses in just four hours after users discover the virus.
    The company is preparing to begin the service at year-end or early next year.

    With the company's anti-virus software, "VirusScan Ver.4.0," one can e-mail files that may have a virus to a virus research team called "AVERT" at Network Associates. At present, the team analyzes the files and periodically distributes remedy data in a DAT file on the Web site.

    The new service will directly respond to the sender of infected files in 4 hours and send back DAT file as necessary. When it takes a long time to analyze sophisticated unknown virus, the company will inform the user.

    The AVERT team is researching viruses 24 hours a day, so it will not be impossible to respond in 4 hours, said Shoichi Kikuchi, general manager of marketing at Network Associates.

    A similar service has been provided by Symantec Japan Inc. Symantec said it responds within 24 hours after receipt of infected files, and sends back a remedy file to the user in 48 hours.

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)

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    Updated: Mon Oct 12 17:56:31 1998 PDT