Virus protection

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Properly functioning and updated virus protection is an essential part of healthy computing habits. All windows computers on the Gustavus network are required to have updated and current virus protection.

Vendors and Suggestions

There are many options for windows virus protection, free and pay for options. Some options are Norton, Symantec, Kaspersky, AVG, McAfee, Avast, BitDefender, Avira and Trend.

For free solutions, Gustavus Technology Services recommends that Windows 7 users use Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8 users use Windows Defender.

Multiple Virus Protection Applications

Having more than one antivirus package prevents all programs from working. From the Programs and Features Control Panel look for and uninstall if more than one (in reverse order of installation)—Symantec Anything, Norton Anything, Kaspersky, AVG, McAfee, Avast, BitDefender, Avira, Trend. Reboot after uninstalling.

Virus definitions

Virus protection is a two part process. The first is installing the antivirus software. The second is regularly updating your virus definitions. The virus definitions file tells the software how to identify computer viruses. Most antivirus application automatically check for current virus definitions.

Scanning for viruses

You should regularly scan your computer for viruses.

Virus removal

For help removing viruses, please see Virus and Malware Removal or Macintosh Adware Removal.

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