Antivirus and malware protection

Antivirus software

Antivirus software helps protect your computer against harmful software that is written to transmit, destroy or change important information on your computer.

  • Faculty/staff: LITS installs and manages antivirus software on your College-owned computer.
  • All personal computers (faculty, staff and students): should have up-to-date antivirus software installed before you connect to the campus network. There are many antivirus software tools available.  We have used Sophos Home and AVG as free home software options.

Malware

Malware is a less malicious but still problematic class of software that targets your computer primarily for marketing purposes.  

  • Faculty/staff: LITS installs and manages malware protection software on your College-owned computer.
  • All personal computers (faculty, staff and students): should have up-to-date malware protection software installed before you connect to the campus network.

The following programs are commonly used:.  

If you see pop-ups on your computer that seem suspicious, please do not click on any open windows; power your computer off and contact the Technology Help Desk at 413-538-2600 or helpdesk@mtholyoke.edu for assistance.