A virus is a malicious program that installs itself on your computer without your authorization and may cause damage to your computer’s data or to other computers on a network.

The first step to avoiding a virus infection is to be sure that your computer has self-updating anti-virus software installed.  If you are an eligible Social Sciences faculty, staff or student, you can download and install the University’s site-licensed CrowdStrike anti-virus program.

The program has some configurable options that may be confusing to you. Please contact us for help with Endpoint configuration issues.

Other steps include:

  • Be sure that your computer is automatically getting all security updates.
  • Avoid downloading or installing any software if you are not sure that it came from a legitimate source.  In particular, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing programs are notorious for introducing viruses disguised as legitimate programs.
  • Avoid responding to web browser pop-up windows that offer to “fix” problems with your computer.  Close such windows by clicking on the X icon in the upper right-hand corner of the window, not by clicking on any buttons displayed within the window.
  • Do not open email attachments if they seem suspicious, even if you recognize the sender’s address.
  • Make sure that your computer’s software firewall is turned on.