Install Anti-Virus Software:
All computers connecting to the NCC network are required to have virus protection installed. If you do not already have anti-virus software installed, NCC offers Sophos Anti-Virus for free use to students, staff and faculty.
Computer Viruses-How to Limit Your Risk
North Central College students, faculty and staff have been exceptionally fortunate on campus in terms of computer viruses and we would like to keep it that way. You can reduce your risk of a virus on your PC by:
- Being leery of any attachment, especially those ending with '.vbs' or '.exe' extensions
- Opening attachments with a viewer when possible as the viewer offers additional protections against viruses
- Storing important files using network file space, your F-Drive. These network systems, are backed up on a regular basis and thus can be restored in case of a problem.
- Keeping your virus protection software on your home computer up-to-date. On campus, we use Sophos on the servers to protect the network.
Viruses must be dealt with in a timely fashion. They must be resolved in a manner that complies with the Acceptable Use Policy. The computer's user/owner is responsible for any information going out to the network from your computer.
It is essential that every computer has anti-virus software installed. Sophos, the anti-virus software that NCC uses, is offered to students, staff and faculty for free. The latest Sophos anti-virus is available for download here on the ITS Website.
If you have a virus on your laptop, a ResNet Consultant may be able to help you. Bring your laptop, power cord, and system restore discs to the ITS Help Desk. After it is determined that a ResNet consultant can remove the virus from your pc, you will need to go to the Business Office (located on the 3rd floor of Old Main) and purchase a Premium ResNet voucher. The fee for this service is $50.00. After the voucher is purchased, bring it to the ITS Help Desk. A ResNet Consultant will back up your files, format your hard drive, then restore your files for you.What is a virus?
A virus is a piece of software designed to do two things: replicate itself and perform a devious task. The replication takes place in the PC's memory. The program first loads into memory, then writes itself whenever it detects that the operating system is about to access a writeable media disc.Is my computer safe from viruses?
Your computer is safe from viruses only if you're careful. All students must install and use an anti-virus program, such as Sophos. North Central offers this free anti-virus software that is available for download on the ITS Website. Computers that send virus laden files are disconnected from the network and not granted network access until the problem is resolved.