Anti-Virus Software - your responsibility

There are thousands of pieces of software designed purely for malicious activity.

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.

Cartoon of virus-infected PC

Viruses are one example of malware, malicious software that corrupts, modifies or deletes data stored on your computer. Other examples of malware include:

  • 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.

Got a Mac and think this doesn't apply to you?

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:

  1. Visit Software Registration and Download
  2. Select Sophos Anti-Virus
  3. Click on Submit
  4. Download and install the appropriate Sophos client for your computer system

Doing this also makes sure that you are registered on a mailing list so that you receive important announcements.

Full instructions are given in the IT Services Anti-Virus pages.

If you have alternative anti-virus software that you are happy with, then it's fine to stay with that as long as it is kept up-to-date.

If you leave the University you must remove Sophos Anti-Virus from your PC(s) and/or laptop(s). It is recommended that you install an alternative anti-virus product.

For more information about using anti-virus, see the Information Security web pages and lunchtime courses.

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