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Network Associates receives patent for deleting files

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Network Associates receives patent for deleting files

Network Associates now can claim to be the patent holder of a common task every computer user is familiar with: Patent 6,671,812, awarded by United States Patent and Trademark Office, covers the deletion of “undesired data” from a computer. According to the abstract of the publication, “a search for undesired data and software is performed on the computer utilizing the cleaning program. Such undesired data and software is then deleted from the computer utilizing the cleaning program.” By definition of the patent, undesired data are viruses and worms, temorary Internet files and expired shareware.