Malware Information

What is Malware?

  • Malware (sometimes called spyware) refers to hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs.
  • It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software.
  • Malware may cause your computer to be unresponsive and potential loss or theft of personal and university information.
  • There are products available, many of which are free, which will help control malware on your machine.

How should I protect my computer against malware?

For student and personally owned computers:

IT services recommends the use of the built-in security in your PC or Mac.

For university owned computers:

  • IT Services provides Malware protection on all university owned computers.


Tips to Avoid Malware

  • Make sure the latest security updates ae applied to your computer.
  • You should only download programs from reputable sites.
  • Identify and avoid suspicious links on social media and other websites.
  • Be careful when clicking links or opening attachments in email.
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