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Virus infections drop, spam on the up

That's according to the monthly virus and spam statistcis from Irish firm IE Internet, which provides managed e-mail and web services. The firm reveals that the number of virus-ridden e-mails, which it has filtered, has shown a steady decline in recent months. In July, the percentage of e-mails filtered by IE Internet that contained a virus fell to 13.9 percent, down from 16.05 percent in June and 21.72 percent in May.

Variants of the Mytob, Netsky and Zafi viruses remain in the top five, with little change over the past few months. The W32/Mytob.OF virus accounted for 30.7 percent of infections in July, followed closely by W32/Netsky.P at 26.65 percent. Mydoom.M is still causing problems for internet users, making up 12.8 percent of infections. Beagle.Gen and Zafi.B round up the top five.

Ken O'Driscoll, technical manager with IE Internet, told ENN that there are several reasons for the declining rate of virus infections, including the widespread availability of antivirus softwar...

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