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Fighting malware

Date: September 22, 2006

BEIJING Jiangmin Science Technology Co yesterday launched a new program designed to battle "rogue software."

The move comes as the China Anti-Malicious Software Coalition, an alliance formed by Internet users, is preparing to sue Websites that plague unsuspecting visitors with pop-up advertising and spyware that tracks their cyber movements.

The programs are often hard to remove.

Jiangmin said its new KV 2007, which sells for 228 yuan (US$28.80), kills all pop-up and spy tools and will provide users with a list of suspicious software that's installed in their computer.

"Anti-virus firms will lose users' confidence if they do nothing towards the rogue software," Tao Xinyu, Jiangmin's general manager, said in a statement yesterday.

Anti-virus firms, given their strong experience in the industry, can help users gain relief from malicious software, according to Hou Tao, an analyst at iResearch Inc, a Shanghai-base IT consulting firm.

Internet security firms such as Symantec and Kingsoft are taking a cautious attitude towards the issue.

"It is a complicated problem as these programs are not computer viruses, and China doesn't have any special laws or policy toward rogue software," said Wang Quanguo, Kingsoft's vice president.
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