Install Free Antivirus and Spyware Protection

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Below are certain recommendations that will help you take full advantage of your Wharton Computing experience such as knowing how to protect your devices from viruses and spyware, knowing the limitations of certain browsers in the Wharton environment, and knowing some useful tech tools and tips.

Virus Protection

Wharton Computing offers virus protection software to current Wharton students free of charge. While we recommend these products, you are free to use any antivirus that you update regularly.

More about Virus Protection

Besides using antivirus software, there are some other helpful things that you can do to prevent viruses or protect your data:

  1. Back up your work. Keep backup copies of important papers, research projects, and other critical documents.
  2. Exercise caution with e-mail attachments. Do NOT open e-mail attachments, even from senders you recognize, unless you are sure about the contents. Viruses often attach and are sent automatically via a sender's address book without the sender's knowledge.
  3. Exercise caution accepting file downloads or links in chat rooms, instant messenger programs, or social networking sites. These are common ways of infecting your system and may give anyone on the Internet unrestricted access to your computer, all keystrokes that you type, and all of your data files.
  4. Update your virus software daily (Windows and Mac). Anti-virus software vendors make it easy to install updated virus definition files regularly to combat new viruses. For instructions on updating your software and for recent virus alerts, go to the virus web site.
  5. Perform Operating system updates (Windows/Mac) regularly. Microsoft and Apple frequently release patches to fix known issues for their operating systems. These fixes include known security issues that may leave your computer vulnerable to viruses and other attacks.

Further Reading: Penn's website, Microsoft's website, Symantec's website

Spyware and Malware

Malware programs are generally intended to access your computer's system without your consent, while spyware programs attempt to monitor which sites you visit on the Internet. They may also attempt to steal passwords and credit card information. Frequently running malware and spyware removal tools can help prevent this. Two free, quality programs are:

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