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Three New Members for Virus Info Alliance

Three major software companies are putting their rivalry aside for the sake of security and are joining Microsoft and other software providers to build a Web repository about virus threats affecting Microsoft products.

Computer Associates , Sybari Software and Symantec are joining the Virus Information Alliance (VIA), a repository launched in May by Microsoft along with security software companies Trend Micro and Network Associates.

The mission behind VIA is to "educate and protect Microsoft customers against the threat of malicious code attacks as well as emerging Internet threats."

The new additions to the alliance said they plan to provide valuable information to the VIA "to more rapidly advise Internet users about virus targets, impact and methods of remediation."

The VIA site includes recommended best practices for preventing malicious attacks, updates about specific viruses, articles and links to other antivirus resources.

The new members join the alliance on the heels of Microsoft's purchase in June of Bucharest, Romania-based GeCAD, a maker of anti-virus detection and data security software, which Microsoft plans to incorporate into its Windows operating system and other products.