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NEC to step up battle against PC viruses, worms

NEC Corp. is taking recent computer virus and security problems to heart and has begun notifying users when potential security problems exist on their PCs. From this week it has started setting preinstalled support software to monitor the security level of Internet Explorer and warn users when the settings have been changed from the recommended medium security level. This is to guard against the lowering of settings without the user’s knowledge by viruses or worms, said Aki Ota, a spokeswoman for the Tokyo company. From the middle of November the company will also begin prompting users to install operating system patches. Users will be prompted before any changes are made and the remainder of the process will be automatic if the user agrees to the action, said NEC. The functions will be enabled on new PCs and also those sold since Oct. 2002 on which NEC’s dedicated support software is running. The software polls an NEC support server for messages and updates from the company to the user and it will use this polling mechanism to enable the new functions, said NEC. Full Story

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