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New Anti-Virus Apps Fight Worms

Security vendors are introducing capabilities that up the ante for traditional anti-virus applications to help catch more viruses and rein in emerging threats, including memory- resident worms such as SQL Slammer and Code Red. Network Associates Inc.’s McAfee Security division and Computer Associates International Inc. this week will roll out their latest enterprise-class virus protection products, both of which have undergone significant overhauls. McAfee Security in particular has made several improvements to its VirusScan Enterprise 7.0, including the addition of a unique “worm-killing” feature. The worm protection capability is something that the company’s executives had been considering for some time but didn’t think necessary until recently. “It had been on our radar, but previous to [Code Red and Slammer], no one had thought of using this [attack] technique and not writing anything to disk,” said Tim Smithson, solutions manager for McAfee Security, based in Santa Clara, Calif. “But once these worms came about, you’d traditionally have to get a utility to clean your machine up. And that can take a lot of time.” Full Story

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