Anti-Virus Software

Vulnerable or infected computers pose a risk to all computers on the network. Wilkes University provides, free of charge to students, faculty and staff, McAfee anti-virus software. This software is available for download via the Software Distribution Site.

Anti-virus programs scan for and automatically remove worms, viruses and trojan horses. These various computer programs can be very damaging to your computer. Anti-virus programs work by comparing computer files against a file containing known virus components (called the virus definition file). The virus definition file is updated regularly because new viruses are created every day.

Most programs have a feature that allows you to schedule your anti-virus software to automatically download new virus protection files. This protects your machine against the newest threats. You need to make sure to schedule the updates at a time when you know the computer will be powered on.