In the past few months we have observed a
rash of extremely active and damaging viruses emerge on the Internet. They
have spread rapidly and caused numerous problems across the world.
It is extremely important that all
computers on campus, even those not connected to the Internet, have
effective, up-to-date anti-virus software installed and running. And that
the software be properly maintained and updated as new viruses appear.
Computer users must be proactive in this area - once a computer is
infected, it is usually too late to repair the damage caused by a virus.
Damaged, deleted, or corrupted files are frequent results of a virus
Also, important documents and files
should be regularly archived via a backup system such as ZIP disks,
recordable CD-ROMS, or other media. This will ensure that any data lost
due to a virus can be restored
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- Install Anti-Virus Software on your
computer. Do not remove or turn off your software once it is
- Scan your computer for viruses once a
- Scan all incoming emails and file
- Scan all removable media (CDs, ZIP
disks) when inserted.
- Update your Anti-Virus software every
day, especially Mondays before you download your email. Most
can be set to automatically update their virus list.
- Set your email client to not
automatically launch and download your email when you log in. Also,
set it to not download your email when it is first run - make
sure you update your Anti-Virus software first.
- Do not leave your computer and email
client running if you are away from you computer for any length of
- Do not open any email attachments,
unless you are expecting one from that sender. Never open attachments
from 'friends' if you are not expecting one - most viruses spread via
up a filter
on your email client to remove any emails with attachment.
- Do not share drives unless absolutely
necessary. Make sure shared drives are regularly scanned for viruses.
- If you suspect your computer is
infected, remove it from the network immediately by disconnecting the
network cable. Call the Computing Services at 7282 for assistance.
- Please note that allowing a computer
system to become infected puts other University systems at risk.
F-Secure Virus Info