A computer virus is a computer program which attaches to programs or documents, and then copies itself into more programs or documents. Some viruses do nothing more than copy themselves, but many can slow your system to a crawl, damage or destroy files, capture sensitive information, or prevent you from starting your system. Even if a virus does not seem to have adverse effects on your system it may create serious problems for another system or Haverford’s network.
IITS requires you to install specially configured antivirus software on Windows and Macintosh computers. This software is configured to automatically install updates and to detect viruses as they enter your system. Failure to install Haverford’s anti-virus software may lead to loss of network privileges.
In addition to installing the software, it is your responsibility to adhere to all other recommended practices to protect your computer. This includes keeping your system up-to-date with current virus definitions, scanning your computer regularly, and to following the instruction in all alerts sent by the ProDesk.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are viruses really a problem?
- How can I protect my computer from getting a virus?
- Can I use my own anti-virus software?
- I want to adjust my VirusScan for Windows settings, but my interface is locked? Can I unlock it?
- What should I do if I get a virus on my computer?
- Where can I get more help?
Yes. Over the years we have seen numerous viruses on campus. Some of these have slowed systems to the point they were unusable, damaged or destroyed files, and prevented users from starting their systems. They have also seriously hampered the effectiveness of our network.
As a result of these problems, Haverford has instituted numerous safeguards to protect systems and our network. It is critical that you adhere to our guidelines for the protection of your computer, as well as the protection of our network.
While there is no guarantee against viruses, following the guidelines to Protect your Computer will minimize your risk.
No. You must install the software we specially configured for our network. Failure to do this may result in a loss of network privileges.
No. The interface is locked to help maintain consistency across campus and keep you connected to our update server.
What should I do if I get a virus on my computer?
If your anti-virus software is unable to repair or delete the infected file, contact the ProDesk.
The ProDesk staff will be happy to help you.