When the Beagle virus popped up last month and threatened to infect millions of computers, the folks at Symantec took the problem straight to Sara.
Sara, the affectionate name for Symantec AntiVirus Research Automation, automatically screens thousands of files flying around the Internet that are suspected of containing new virus strains. First built in 1995 and improved regularly over the years, Sara is able to deal with 95 percent of the 200,000 suspected viruses a month. But that leaves 10,000 of the most dangerous variants for the human virus-busters to take care of, says David Loomstein, Symantec group product manager.
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