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Malware–harmful software such as computer viruses–is one of the causes of for cybercrime in recent years such as identity theft and illegal Internet banking activity. So, it has become difficult for Internet users to confirm malware infection and remove it themselves.
To deal with this matter, Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has established public-private partnership project, ACTIVE, Advanced Cyber Threats response InitiatiVE, to assist Internet Users in prevention of malware infection, damage prevention of malware infection and removal of malware. This partnership consists of MIC, Internet service providers (ISPs) and security vendors.

ACTIVE's goals

ACTIVE is intended to send a warning to Internet users to prevent malware infection, and remove malware, and encourages users to take autonomous protection measures against malware infection. These initiatives lead to decrease the number of malware infection in Japan to create the world's highest information security environment.