Cyber-Safety Basics: Run Anti-Virus Software

Install OS/Software Updates

Why should you run anti-virus software? Because computer viruses can:

  • Infect your computer through email attachments, IM attachments, file sharing or network traffic.
  • Delete files, format disks, or affect your computer's general performance.
  • Make your computer act in unexpected ways, such as exhibiting strange sounds and images or slow startup and performance.
  • Replicate themselves, communicate with other computers, and provide hackers access to your computer.

To avoid viruses and the problems viruses cause:

  • Install anti-virus software on your computer and run daily updates to remove viruses, quarantine and repair infected files, and prevent future viruses. Several anti-virus solutions are available to UC Davis students, faculty and staff for use on home and work computers. See for details.
  • Periodically, check to see if your anti-virus is up to date by opening your antivirus program and checking the Last updated: date.
  • Be aware that viruses can come to you through file sharing, email and IM attachments, freeware, shareware, web sites and infected disks.
  • Back up your important data to separate media (such as a CD, an online back up service, flash drive, or a server) and store it in a safe place.