Don’t Let a Virus Get You Down

One way to keep your computer healthy is to use antivirus software. Keeping your computer virus-free not only protects your system but it also protects all the computers that share your network.

Antivirus programs scan for and automatically remove worms, viruses, and trojan horses. These programs can be very damaging to your computer. Antivirus programs work by comparing computer files against a file containing known virus components, called the virus definition file. The virus definition file is updated regularly because new viruses are created every day.

Vulnerable or infected computers pose a risk to all computers on the network.  Updates are critical to safe computing. Infected computers are at risk of being disconnected from the MU Network.

Most programs have a feature that allows you to schedule your antivirus software to automatically download new virus protection files. This protects your machine against the newest threats. You need to make sure to schedule the updates at a time when you know the computer will be powered on.

Your department's IT Professional has most likely installed Kaspersky antivirus protection on your University system and has scheduled updates for this system; however, for your personal systems, the Division of Information Technology encourages the use of Microsoft Security Essentials. The Microsoft Security Essentials client can be downloaded at no charge from the Microsoft site. 

Last updated: September 21, 2015