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Washington-AP -- Microsoft is hoping to head off another Internet virus attack like the "Blaster" worm last month, by pushing preventative measures.

That attack infected hundreds of thousands of computers.

The senior director of Trust Worthy Computing Security for Microsoft says the vulnerability that "Blaster" took advantage of is similar to one just discovered in its Windows software.

However, Jeff Jones says there's no worm or virus they're aware of for this one. That's why he says they're urging customers to protect themselves before an Internet attack strikes.

Jones says Microsoft's Web site makes available some easy steps computer users can take to protect against attacks. Among the steps -- enabling a personal firewall and installing and keeping anti-virus software up to date.

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