Web surfers flock to antivirus sites

Tuesday, 26 August 2003, 12:25 AM EST

Traffic to Microsoft TechNet from surfers logging on at home skyrocketed more than 1,100 percent during the week ending Aug. 17, Internet audience measurement service Nielsen/NetRatings said Monday.

More than 3.9 million Internet surfers accessed Microsoft TechNet, compared with 317,000 surfers the previous week.

The site, which provided information about the Blaster and LovSan viruses and various security tools, was the fastest-growing site during the week, NetRatings said.

"The recent Blaster virus targeted the Microsoft operating system," said NetRatings analyst Greg Bloom. "This fact may have caused surfers to go directly to Microsoft TechNet in search of virus updates and information.

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