Could it really be true? A PC that can put itself in quarantine after is has been infected with a virus? Well, Intel claims to be working on such a technology - Automatic Network Outbreak Containment (formerly code-named Circuit Breaker). This technology examines anomalies in packet traffic and, if a problem occurs, takes the computer off the network. Seemingly, Circuit Breaker has been able to successfully detect every known virus thrown at it, as well as some Intel made homebrew ones as well.

"It is looking at changes in traffic pattern behaviour. It doesn't have anything to do with how the virus was coded," said Justin Rattner, who runs the chipmaker's corporate technology group. "It also does a good job avoiding false positives. If your system was disconnected from the network because of a suspected virus on a regular basis, you would be very unhappy."