March 1, 2007 -- New automated anti-spyware software from PC Tools, a Sydney, Australia-based software company, detects and disables Internet threats by encouraging suspected viruses and spyware to initiate attacks, the company said Thursday.

Unlike typical anti-malware software, PC Tools Threat Expert does not immediately derail viral intruders by indicating that the computer has no active Internet connection, the company said. Instead, the application tells the virus the computer is online, then stops it from connecting to a remote server to download sensitive information, which enables Threat Expert to decode the virus and prevent damage -- even when it is not already in the computer's stored library of previously identified threats, the company said.

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