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Microsoft to provide free CDs from Wed. to beat Blaster worm.

TOKYO, Aug. 22 Kyodo

Microsoft Co. said Friday it will provide free software CDs starting next Wednesday to counter the Blaster computer worm that has infected numerous computers worldwide.

The CDs will be distributed at electrical appliance and personal computer shops in cooperation with major antivirus software makers, such as Symantec Japan Inc., Trend Micro Inc. and Network Associates Japan Co., said the Japan unit of U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp.

According to Microsoft, Symantec will make 15,000 CDs available from Wednesday, while Trend Micro will provide 10,000 CDs from Thursday. Network Associates will start handing out 10,000 CDs in early September.

The Blaster worm, which exploits a common flaw in Microsoft's operating systems, has targeted Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
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