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Anytime you open an email attachment, or download a file from the Internet, you are in danger of getting a virus on your computer. A virus is a piece of programming code usually disguised as something else that causes some unexpected and usually undesirable event. Viruses can potentially send themselves to everyone else on your email list, damage/delete files and programs on your disk drive or install hidden programs that allow an intruder to remotely control your computer. This is why it is very important that you install anti-virus software. Once installed, be sure to keep it updated. Antivirus developers continually release updates or virus definitions that help catch new viruses. Faculty, staff, and campus lab computers have antivirus software installed and should automatically update.
To help protect against viruses, worms, and other malicious software, computers connecting to the WKU network should have adequate virus protection. The University has licensed Symantec Endpoint Protection to help ensure the integrity of the WKU computing environment. Please visit the WKU Software Center to download the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection. You will be required to enter your WKU account and password to access the site.
Download Via the WKU Software Center
In addition to the provided anti-virus software, here are a few other scanner that can be utilized:
Microsoft Security Essentials:
Panda USB Drive Scanner:
Spybot Search and Destroy Anti-Malware scanner
Virus Total Online File Scanner
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