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AOL’s latest reinvention wheeze seems to be positioning itself as a security player.

Reports say the ISP, which these days appears to be spending a lot of time pondering how to break itself up, is launching a security service called Total Care.

According to BusinessWeek the firm will begin beta-ing the service within weeks.

AOL yesterday launched a free download, Active Security Monitor, that will test the security status of users' PCs. At least part of its security technology seems set to come with a hefty chunk of McAfee technology - the two already collaborate on the AOL security service the vendor punts to its customers. ®

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