AntiVirus

In order to ensue that your computer and others on the network are protected against viruses. EMU requires an anti-virus program that is updated at least monthly and is operational at all times while your computer is connected to the network.

Here are some free options:

Avast

AVG

Windows Defender

Virus warnings

Most email virus warnings are actually hoaxes. Check a list of hoax warning to see if the virus is listed.

Hoax or not, do not forward virus warning emails. Just hit delete.

Virus and malware protection at EMU

Information systems is committed to protecting users, data and the network from viruses and other malware. The following mechanisms are in place to ensure it:

  • Up to date anti-virus is required on all computers

  • All servers run anti-virus software and scan files when they are accessed

  • All inbound email is scanned for viruses and other malware

Protecting your computer

All EMU Windows computers have Microsoft Security Essentials and guests are required to have a functioning anti-virus client to gain access to the EMU network.

Practice safe emailing:

  • Adopt a skeptical attitude. If you don't know something to be virus-free, assume it isn't. Always save attachments before opening. This will allow your anti-virus software to detect a virus or other malware. There is not reason to send an .exe file; if you receive one, delete it.

  • Do not open any files with a double file extensions, (e.g. iamavirus.txt.vbs). Under normal circumstances you should never need to receive or use these.

  • If you have to work at home, ensure that you follow the same procedures as you do at work. Viruses can easily be introduced into the institutional network along with work that has been done on a home computer.

Keep your computer up to date. All EMU computers automatically check for operating systems updates. You can configure your personal computer to do the same.