We provide virus protection software and services, as well as virus removal assistance in cases of infection. There are many avenues that viruses and other malicious software (malware) can use to infect your computer. No computer attached to a network is ever completely secure, but there are steps you can take to make your computer's security much stronger. Some of things you can do are:
Use good antivirus software
Update your operating system software regularly
Practice safe computing
Using Good Antivirus Software
One of the most important steps you can take is to install, and update regularly, good antivirus software. We recommend and support ESET Antivirus, which is provided to affiliates free of charges through FAS IT. For instructions on installing ESET Antivirus, please refer to the ESET Download and Installation Instructions page.
Running Your Operating System Software Updates
Running the updates for your operating system is one of the most important preventative measures you can take to protect against virus infection. To do this in Windows:
Launch Internet Explorer.
On the Tools menu, select Windows Update.
Follow the prompts to run your Windows updates.
On the Mac, click the Apple Menu and select Software Update. The Software Update application walks you through the rest of the process.
Practicing Safe Computing
One form of attack that is growing rapidly is the use of social engineering to infect your computer, or to gather sensitive information from you. These attacks can take the form of fake websites that prompt you to input sensitive data, or even emails from people posing as your IT support that ask for your password. To avoid being taken advantage of by these attacks, be sure not to give personal information to any websites with which you are unfamiliar. Also never give out your password, under any circumstances. We will never send you email asking for your password. If you receive such an email, it is not legitimate.
We provide ESET Antivirus to CGIS affiliates free of charge. Follow the instructions below to download ESET, and install it on your computer.
Installing ESET Antivirus in Windows
Launch a web browser and navigate to http://downloads.fas.harvard.edu/download
Click the Software Downloads link at the top of the page. Log in with your Harvard ID and PIN.
Select Antivirus from the software list. Click I accept on license agreement.
You will be prompted to download a file. Download it, and save it to a familiar location. When the download finishes, run the file. The installer will start.
The ESET Antivirus installer will automatically remove any version of McAfee antivirus you were running, and will install the new ESET Antivirus client.