Preventing Viruses, Spyware, Adware, and Malware
To keep you computer virus free, it is essential that you keep your anti-virus definitions up-to-date and also run a spyware removal program. Failure to use anti-virus and anti-spyware applications can lead to repeated infections which could lead to poor computer performance, identity theft and costly repairs. The University has arranged a large purchase of McAfee Antivirus Software that is available for both MAC and PC platforms and is provided at no charge for all students while departments may obtain the software for a small fee. McAfee can also be purchased for home use. Please visit Telcom Services for rates and further information.
Spyware is software that gathers information about you, your browsing and Internet usage habits, as well as other data. Spyware programs can collect your personal information, install unwanted software, and change your computer's settings without your knowledge.
Adware is software that displays advertising banners, re-directs you to websites, and otherwise conducts advertising on your computer (not to be confused with popup ads, which come from the websites that you visit).
Malware is a catch-all term for various types of malicious software. Once installed on your computer, these programs can seriously affect your privacy and your computer's security. Malware includes viruses, Trojans, and worms.
Adaware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Spyware Doctor are highly reviewed free spyware and adware detection and removal tool. Each one uses a different method of identifying malignant software, so running multiple tools may result in a cleaner system.