Anti-virus software scans a computer to find malware and computer viruses, and then attempts to remove the possible threats posed by that malware or virus. It uses a library of "Signatures" to do this, which are used to search for malicious patterns within the operating system's code and are only updated as viruses are created.
Please note: Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, Gustavus Technology Services will no longer offer Symantec Endpoint Protection for installation on personally-owned computers. Campus network users (Windows) will still be required to have a functional antivirus program installed on their computer. These programs include Norton, Kaspersky, etc. On Windows 8 machines, the standard Windows Defender program is recommended.
At Gustavus, we use Symantec Endpoint Protection, which is a product released by Symantec. We recommend that all students use this anti-virus, but if a student has already purchased a full version of an anti-virus software they can opt to use that instead. For students to connect at all to the network they must have either option.