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Install and run anti-virus software

Install and run anti-virus software

This is an essential security practice.

By simply connecting to the internet, you are opening your computer to malware, or malicious software that runs without your consent. Viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and adware are examples of malware.

Some types of malware are harmless, but others may collect your personal information. The biggest threat is that malware can obtain your personal information and sent it to another person without your knowing. Your computer could also be hijacked remotely and used to send spam or attack other computers. Thus, it is necessary for you to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of malware. Follow the guidelines below to get started.


Faculty and staff are required to run anti-virus software on any computers either owned by the University or used to process University information as part of their job responsibilities. This requirement can be automated through the University's computer management service.

  • Download the University-licensed McAfee VirusScan tool from UDeploy.
  • Configure McAfee VirusScan to automatically and regularly scan your computer for threats.
  • Regularly update McAfee VirusScan.
  • If your computer is used to process, store, or transmit sensitive University information, contact the IT Support Center to install Cylance advanced anti-virus software.
  • Use the University's computer management service to manage anti-virus scanning and other security-related processes.

General guidelines

The University recommends that students, faculty, and staff download the free, University-licensed copy of McAfee VirusScan, which is available through UDeploy.

  • Install anti-virus software on your computers. (Mobile-ready anti-virus software is available for some smartphones and tablets as well.)
  • Configure your anti-virus software to routinely and automatically scan your system and quarantine or remove detected malware.
  • Configure your anti-virus software to routinely and automatically update itself.

Follow these best practices to avoid malware:

  • Do not download software with which you are unfamiliar.
  • Do not install software unless you can verify that it is legitimate.
  • Do not open email attachments that you weren't expecting or that came from people or companies that you don't know.
  • Do not click on links in pop-up windows.
  • Use McAfee VirusScan to detect and remove malware from your computer.

External resources

Malware (OnGuard Online)
Identifies malware and how to protect your information if your computer becomes infected.

Spyware (OnGuard Online)
Contains tips to determine if your computer is infected with spyware and general rules to avoid it.

Help prevent computer viruses (Microsoft Security)
Basic ways to avoid opening your computer to malicious software.

What are computer viruses, and where can I find more information? (Indiana University Knowledge Base)
Defines what a virus is, different types of viruses, and how they infect your computer and spread to others.