Check Windows Security Settings

To ensure your Windows computer is taking full advantage of its security features, use the Windows Security Center to compare your system’s settings against the appropriate image below.

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
    • If your Control Panel is set to "category view," click Review your computer's status under System and Security.
    • If your Control Panel is set to "all items view," click Security and Maintenance.
  2. All options should be turned on/off as shown in the following image:
  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
  2. Click Action Center.
  3. If it is not already expanded, click the arrow in the drop-down box to right of Security to expand the section. All options should be turned on/off as shown in the following image:
NOTE

If the Virus protection option has a yellow or red background and the radio button indicates that you need to check the settings, click the right-most downward pointing arrow. If these settings indicate that virus protection is not found, you must first install McAfee Anti-Virus software (available free from the University's software download site). Repeat steps 1-4 above to confirm that the software was installed and working properly. You will see the statement McAfee VirusScan Enterprise reports that it is up to date and virus scanning is on if the software is operational.

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
  2. Under System and Security, click Review your computer's status.
  3. If it is not already expanded, click the arrow in the drop-down box to right of Security to expand the section. All options should be turned on/off as shown in the following image:
NOTE

If the Virus protection option has a yellow or red background and the radio button indicates that you need to check the settings, click the right-most downward pointing arrow. If these settings indicate that virus protection is not found, you must first install McAfee Anti-Virus software (available free from the University's software download site). Repeat steps 1-4 above to confirm that the software was installed and working properly. You will see the statement McAfee VirusScan Enterprise reports that it is up to date and virus scanning is on if the software is operational.

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