SCSU recommends Microsoft Security Essentials and Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition software to help faculty, staff and currently enrolled students protect their home computers. This antivirus software is available at no extra cost to you.

Using Antivirus Software

Using antivirus software helps protect your home computer and should be used in combination with keeping your computer up to date with patches and service packs.

Antivirus software protects you by stopping known viruses and worms from entering your computer. Once a virus is in your computer, it can damage files or turn your computer into a tool used by hackers to break into other sites or send tons of spam junk e-mail.

The majority of commercial junk mail (spam) you get is sent from computers that have been infected by a virus or computer worm. See the SCSU Spam Solution page for details about SCSU’s service for managing the spam on your HuskyNet e-mail.

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Getting help
The HelpDesk can help you install AntiVirus and remove viruses from your personally owned or SCSU office computer. HelpDesk consultants also can answer questions about protecting your computer. Contact the HelpDesk at (320) 308-2077, or in Miller Center B43.

Getting SCSU-Provided Antivirus Software

Microsoft Security Essentials and Sophos software are available for download via the Web.



Windows 7, Vista, and XP

Windows 8

  • This operating system has built in antivirus called Windows Defender

Macintosh OS X (10.4 or higher)

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Updating Antivirus Software Definitions
Keeping virus definitions up to date is as important as installing antivirus software. Virus definitions are profiles that allow an antivirus software program to identify viruses and other exploits.

Because new and variations of existing viruses and worms are common, software companies continuously update their definitions. Be sure to update your virus definitions or schedule them to update automatically (and check often to make sure they are being updated).

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