ATTENTION: We are no longer Supporting Symantec for Windows Machines. If you are currently running Symantec, you can continue to do so until the license expires, at which point you will need to install Microsoft Security Essentials. If you are running Vista or Windows 7, you should have Microsoft Security Essentials. If you are running Windows XP, please run CleanWipe to clean other anti-virus software from your computer before installing Microsoft Security Essentials.
See The instructions below.
The number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is ZERO! However, this it remains to be good practice to check incoming files for possible infection. There's no guarantee that Mac users will never fall victim to viruses, but more importantly, a Mac is still capable of passing a virus to computer running Windows via an infected file. Therefore, for the sake of our community, it is important to run regular virus scans.
Please Note: All Vassar-owned PCs are running Windows XP
Is my Vassar-owned computer safe from viruses?
The target for most computer viruses are computers running Windows XP and Widows Vista. Mac OS users are usually safe. If you are using a Vassar-owned computer, are running Symantec virus protection provided by the College, and have allowed your software to do the regular updates it is supposed to do, then you are covered. You ensure your software is up-to-date by following the steps outlined below for XP and Vista users.
What if my computer already has a virus?
If you believe your computer has become infected, shut it down, turn the power off, unplug it contact the CIS Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-437-7224 (x7224 from a campus phone).