Protecting Your Computer
There are many threats out there in cyberspace that could seriously damage your computer. Before you get attacked, why not take a few simple steps to protect your computer from harm.
If you suspect your computer is already infected:
Configure your Windows computer to run periodic system updates. If you did not enable this feature when you initially set up your computer, go to the Control Panel, choose classic view (Vista and Windows 7 users; XP users are already in classic view) and then Automatic Updates. Turn automatic Updates ON.
For Mac users, go to the Apple menu>System Preferences and choose "Software Updates."
You should NEVER run a computer on a network or with internet access without installing an antivirus program. One of the most popular ways to infect your computer is through fake antivirus programs that pop up without warning and try to convince you to click on them. DO NOT BE FOOLED. No legitimate company would operate this way. Only click on links within sites or email that you 100% trust and know the origin of.
A great source for tested and legitimate software is download.com, a division of the CNET empire of tech news and reviews.
For a general antivirus program, we recommend AVG Free Edition. If you're unsure how to download and install this program,
watch Brittney's screencast for step-by-step instructions.
Unfortunately, antivirus is no longer enough to completely protect your computer. There are bad scripts (malware) and hidden scripts (spyware) that can do your computer and your privacy serious damage.
We recommend you also consider installing the following programs:
Avira AntiVir - another antivirus program that also protects you against spyware.
Malware Bytes - if you go for the free version, you'll have to periodically download updates and run scans yourself.
ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition - this is a new program that comes highly recommended by the CNET reviewers and offers real-time protection against a number of threats.
Sophos has a FREE anti-virus program for Macs that you can find HERE
More information is available at the CTC Helpdesk site for this topic
*FHSU does not endorse any particular anti-virus or anti-malware
solution, and other companies not mentioned here may provide comparable
programs. Third-party programs listed here are not
affiliated with Fort Hays State University, the Learning Commons or the CTC HelpDesk, and
while we feel it is very important to use anti-virus and anti-malware
programs, we cannot make any guarantees regarding their use.