What are viruses?

Computer viruses are programs designed to maliciously change the way your computer operates. Once active, viruses may cause a variety of problems, including:

How do they spread?

Viruses are often contracted from:


Please note there are several virus hoaxes, often publicized by well-meaning users via e-mail.

How can I protect my computer?

See Anti-virus Tips.

The best way to prevent the spread of viruses is to use antivirus software. IT Services has acquired licenses for antivirus software:


To maximize use of antivirus software, you should update your virus protection.

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