Install and Update Anti-Virus Software
If your computer is connected to the Internet or you share files with anyone, you need anti-virus software. UCI scans incoming email for viruses, but that doesn't protect you from other computers connected to the network or from infected files. Some experts believe that as many as 11% of Internet-connected computers have been infected with viruses and other "virus-scan" that allow them to be remotely controlled by cyber-criminals. One common function of this malware is to record keys that are typed on the computer and then forward collected information to central locations for analysis and distribution. This recorded information may include your passwords and even credit card information.
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How to Get Anti-Virus Software
Faculty and staff can contact their local computing support for help in obtaining and installing anti-virus software on UCI machines.
Purchase commercial anti-virus software. There are many available from most computer stores, office supply stores, and the UCI Computer Store.
Free Anti-Virus Software
There are a few free versions of anti-virus software available. If cost is a factor in preventing you from installing and maintaining anti-virus software, consider using one of these.
- Windows Anti-Virus Software
- Mac Anti-Virus Software
Free Anti-Malware Software
In addition to anti-virus software, it is recommended to also run anti-malware scans periodically.
- Windows and Mac
Keep the Virus Definitions up to date
Once you have anti-virus software installed, make sure to keep the definitions up to date. New viruses spread quickly and you need to have the latest updates to protect your computer.
It is recommended to enable both "on-access" and "scheduled" scanning in your anti-virus software, and periodic "on-demand" scanning using your anti-malware software.
Repercussions of an Infected Computer
If your computer has a virus, you may be blocked from accessing the UCI network. Some viruses cause network wide problems and we need to block your computer to contain the problem. If your computer is blocked, you should receive a warning Web page when you try to use a browser on campus. The Web page notes that your computer may have been compromised and refers you to the OIT Help Desk.