Email limits can slow virus spread

Wednesday, 27 November 2002, 1:40 PM EST

Restricting the number of emails a PC can send can slow down the speed of virus infections, researchers have found.

Matthew Williamson, a researcher at the Hewlett Packard laboratories in Bristol, found that imposing an email limit on PCs slowed down virus outbreaks long enough for technicians to eliminate them.

According to the BBC programme Go Digital, instead of trying to discover a way to kill a virus, Dr Williamson looked at how to prevent it from infecting other computers and delay its spread.

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