I am the solution...to avoiding infection!
not difficult! There are simple steps that you can easily take at work and at
home to ward off virus, spyware and other malware attacks on your PC. Make these steps
part of your daily work habits so you prevent an attack!
- While at work,
don't open an e-mail from someone you don’t recognize. If faculty or
staff see an e-mail captured by their anti-spam, anti-spyware, or
anti-virus tool, only open the e-mail within the tool and don’t send it
onto your mailbox unless you are absolutely sure about the author and the
attachment. If the tool is suspicious that it a virus…Beware!
- Be very cautious
with any e-mail attachment. Even an attachment from someone
you know may not be safe. If the attachment has an unfamiliar file
extension, don’t click on it. It could contain executable code and be a
virus waiting to get out.
- Be careful what
you download. Don’t
download executable software from public-access bulletin boards or public websites.
- Make sure you
have Anti-Virus software and an internet on your home PC. Just
because your new PC came with trial anti-virus software does not mean it
is still active. Did you buy the service after the trial period was over? Have you installed your own package anti-virus software? This is your responsibility!
If College faculty and staff use their personal computers for College business
and would like to request a copy of anti-virus software from the College, they
can go to the OIT Service Desk Desktop Computing web page for a copy of the
Work-at-Home Request and Agreement Form.
- Keep your
Anti-Virus software and firewall up to date. Anti-virus
software requires periodic updates. Be sure to follow your anti-virus
software and firewall instructions to keep your virus protection current.
is another type of malware that has caught even experienced IT professionals
off guard. The user might notice a pop-up appearing while browsing the
Internet. The pop-up box will indicate that a virus or other type of malware problem has been
detected on the user’s PC and ask if the user wants to fix or remove the
problem. Unfortunately, when the user responds, what may actually occur is that
an executable virus is installed on the computer. With the virus install now
complete, the next step is for the offending software company whose software
provided the virus to offer a solution for the virus but at a price to the
user. Examples of known scareware programs include Anti Virus 2008, Anti Virus Plus, Anti Virus Sentry, Personal
Defender 2000, WinDefender 2009. The titles, often derived from actual warnings
issued by legitimate anti-virus software, make the scareware seem authentic.
active on a computer, scareware can block attempts to update Windows or anti-virus
software, prevent an anti-virus software scan, or automatically hijack a web
browser. Scareware is also very difficult to remove, often immune to file
deletion measures causing the user to have to reformat the computer’s hard
drive (s) and reinstall an operating system and other applications.
not foolproof, the following measures can help to protect against a scareware
- Keep the
computer’s Windows software updated
- Use legitimate
anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep them updated
automatically click on an unfamiliar or suspicious pop-up. Think before
- Remove any
suspicious pop-up by right-clicking on the item in the task bar at the bottom
of the screen and selecting "Close" or by manually exiting the
browser session using Ctrl-Alt-Delete. Avoid clicking on the exit symbol
in the upper right hand corner of the pop-up.
Spyware is software that collects information from your computer as you use the Internet to visit Websites.
Spyware is automatically downloaded on to your computer when you visit some
Websites and used to track your Internet activity. Spyware is known to hide in
free software downloads and is sometimes known to carry viruses. You might even
freely agree to accept commercial spyware when you agree to the end-user license agreement of a new downloaded
program or game. What are symptoms of a spyware-laden computer?
- A barrage of
- A hijacked
browser – you type in an address and the browser takes you somewhere else
- New or unexpected
toolbars or icons
- Sluggish system
anti-spyware software to ward off this threat.