Residential students at the Troy Campus are permitted to download and install a copy of McAfee VirusScan for use on their personal computers. This software protects against virus, trojans, worms, and other forms of malware. For more information please read the section below titled Anti-Virus.
Anti-Virus software protects a computer against malicious software including viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware. These types of programs are often collectively referred to as "malware". They can be installed onto a computer via an infected file, across a network, as an e-mail attachment, and may be hidden within a program downloaded from the Internet.
Anti-Virus software may be thought of as the police within a computer system. It protects a system by identifying the software that doesn't belong and then removing it and throwing it in a jail cell where it cannot interact with other software.
Troy University provides a copy of McAfee VirusScan 8.8 to students residing on Troy Campus, which will be verified with email. VirusScan requires Windows 7, It will not work on Windows XP computers. If a student owns a computer that is not supported by VirusScan it is the responsibility of the student to purchase anti-virus software that is compatible with one's system.
Simply installing Anti-Virus software isn't enough. It must be constantly updated to provide protection against the latest malware threats. VirusScan 8.8 automatically updates itself on a daily basis.
The anti-virus software pre-packaged with a new computer system is often only a trial version that will expire and must be purchased in order to receive future updates. Please verify that your Anti-Virus software is registered and updated.
Students who have Anti-Virus software installed but would like to install McAfee VirusScan 8.8, you must first uninstall the Anti-Virus software, reboot the computer, and install McAfee VirusScan 8.8. If a student installs two Anti-Virus programs on the same computer it will slow the computer system down and may even cause the system to crash and/or not reboot.
Prior to installing VirusScan any installed Anti-Virus software must first be uninstalled. Residential students must download the VirusScan package for the Troy Campus.
The VirusScan 8.8 Enterprise Edition Installation tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing McAfee VirusScan.
To download the latest version of VirusScan 8.8 a student must be registered, have a valid Troy University e-mail address and live on the Troy campus. To download VirusScan please visit the following Web site:
The best defense against a virus is to never allow one into a computer. A firewall program protects a computer against malware and unauthorized access by restricting communication between software programs and the Internet. For example, a firewall that is configured to block file sharing between computers may prevent a worm from traveling from an infected computer to another computers across a network. It also prevents others from accessing a student's computer over the network.
A firewall may be thought of as precisely what it's name indicates. It's a thick wall that only allows certain information to pass through it.
Most operating systems include a basic firewall. Windows and OS X both have built-in firewalls that provide protection against common threats.
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Even with the strongest firewall and anti-virus software a computer is still susceptible to attack if it's not updated regularly. Updates are generally classified as being either software updates for applications such as Microsoft Office or Internet Explorer or as system updates for operating systems such as Windows or OS X.
Operating systems can be configured to automatically download the latest updates. Students are responsible for ensuring their computers are up-to-date.