Virus Protection


Protecting your Computer

Viruses have become an increasingly common problem in recent years as malicious programmers become more and more creative in their methods of delivering their products. For this reason, Wheaton College requires anti-virus and anti-spyware protection for community members who wish to connect their personal computers to our campus network. This policy applies only to Windows computers at the present time, but this may change in the future.

Suggested Software

Wheaton College recommends that students running Windows install Microsoft Security Essentials >> on their computers. This is the consumer version of the anti-virus/anti-spyware used on college-owned computers and is offered free of charge for personal use. Other anti-virus programs may be used as well, although some products that contain built-in firewalls may affect your ability to connect on campus.

Computer Updates

Both Windows and Mac users are encouraged to stay up-to-date with thier operating system's updates. Most computers are set to receive updates automatically, for more information, check out these sites:

Apple Users: >>

Windows Users: >>

Check Your Computer

You can check and see if your computer is up-to-date with necessary software by logging into our network registration page: >>.

Tips on Preventing Viruses

Even with the best anti-virus on the market, it is still possible for your computer to become infected. While protection software is important, the best defence is vigilance. Here are some tips to help you avoid nasty malware on your computer:

Tip #1 - If an advertisement, website, or program you don't recognize tells you that you may be infected, don't click on it. It is most likely a hoax. Instead, close the window--preferably without clicking on anything.

Tip #2 - Never install a program or plug-in unless you know exactly what it is and where it came from. Some websites require you to install a plug-in before you can view their site. Unless it is a reputable company/site, try to find the information you need somewhere else.

Tip #3 - Avoid torrents, peer-to-peer programs, and "free" media sites. Those free smileys and shopping toolbars may cost you hours of headache.

Tip #4 - Never open an attachment unless you know what it is--even if it is from someone you know and trust. If you someone you know sends you an attachment without an explanation, you should always ask them what it is befrore you open it. This is particularly true of exe, zip, and pdf files.

If you think your computer might be infected, feel free to bring your computer to our office in Blanchard Hall, Room 171 and we will be happy to run virus scans for you. If you have any questions about virus protection, contact us at extension x4357 or by email at

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