Anti-Virus Software - your responsibility
Owners of computers connected to the University network are responsible for the installation and maintenance of up-to-date anti-virus software. Virus-infected computers can be barred from using the University network.
- Adware: displays random advertisements or replaces your normal home page.
- Spyware: silently collects passwords, PIN and credit card numbers typed at a keyboard and forwards these over the internet.
- Trojans: destructive programs which masquerade as benign - a trojan can open your computer to attack by other malware.
- Worms: malicious software that spreads automatically from one computer to another.
See the Adware and Spyware section of IT Services for more information, and tools for the removal of malicious software.
Malware gets onto your computer in a variety of ways:
- Attachments on email
- Infected files downloaded from the internet
- Pirate software
- Sharing USB sticks
- If your system software is not fully updated, then simply having it connected to the internet can result in attack and infection from outside.
The University has a site licence for the Sophos anti-virus client which is available for MS Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux. Members of the University can install the Sophos client on to their own computers for free.
To obtain Sophos Anti-Virus:
- Visit Software Registration and Download
- Select Sophos Anti-Virus
- Click on Submit
- Download and install the appropriate Sophos client for your computer system
Full instructions are given in the IT Services Anti-Virus pages.