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IT Services

System security for a University device

Anti virus

Microsoft's End Point Protection is the University's chosen anti virus software. By default this will be installed on all University PCs, with definition updates switched on.

The presence of the anti virus software is indicated by the system tray icon: Microsoft endpoint protection icon

Common symptoms of a virus infection:

  • Virus program alerts
  • Pop-up advertising
  • Access to files denied
  • PC will not start
  • PC is unusually slow
  • PC restarts without your authorisation
  • Files have disappeared

You should contact the IT Service Desk:

  • If your University supplied device doesn't appear to have anti virus software installed;
  • If your device's updates are not current—they should be within 3 days;
  • You suspect that your University supplied device has a virus infection.

Operating system updates

Any computer—Mac, Windows or otherwise—connected to the internet is vulnerable to viruses, spyware and hacking attacks. University-owned/managed computers should always have automatic operating system updates turned on as standard.

The operating system (OS) - does all the background things to make your computer work e.g. Windows Vista, 7 or 10, or Mac OS X. The OS is only as secure as on the last occasion when it was updated, and lots of hackers and viruses exploit out-of-date operating systems; so staying up to date with regular updates is imperative. You will receive alerts when updates are released and you are encouraged to install them at your earliest convenience. If the updates are not done, they will be applied automatically a week after release.