UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program: Anti-Virus Software
If you use a computer within an academic or administrative department on campus, you might have a Technology Support Coordinator (TSC) who is working to secure your system. Before taking any of the security steps listed below, please check with your TSC.
From the UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program Policy:
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"Anti-virus software must be running and updates must be applied within 24 hours of update release for computers connected to the campus network.
"This standard applies to computers connected to the campus network using Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. Mobile handheld devices connecting to email servers configured to use message hygiene programs are consistent with this standard."
To meet this standard...
Ensure you have anti-virus software installed and keep it up-to-date. If you do not have anti-virus software installed:
- Download Sophos anti-virus from the software link at MyUCDavis.
Campus sysadmins recommend...
- Campus virus filtering for departmental email servers
- ClamAV: an open-source virus scanner for Windows, Linux, Unix, OpenBSD, and Mac OS X.
- McAfee's free Stinger application: destroys a particular subset of viruses and worms that are difficult to remove with conventional anti-virus software.
Some network devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smartphones, face emerging threats. Anti-virus programs for these devices may be unavailable or immature. Campus units may determine that the virus threats to PDAs and smartphones need to be monitored and implemented as the threat increases.