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Virus Protection for Windows

Sophos is the recommended anti-virus software for Windows machines at MIT. In addition to installing Sophos on your computer, protect your computer from virus infections (also known as malware infections or system compromises) by following the practices in this article. 

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Installing and Running Sophos

  1. Download and install the latest version of Sophos. See: Sophos - Installation Instructions for Windows
  2. Check to make sure DAT (virus definition) files are up to date by right-clicking the Sophos icon in the menu bar and selecting Update now. By default, it will check for updates every hour.
  3. For maximum security, you can add a custom weekly or daily scan at a time that is convenient for you and when the computer is usually turned on. 
    1. Open Sophos by right-clicking the icon in the menu bar and selecting Open Sophos Endpoint Security and Control
    2. Then click Scans and Set up a new scan
    3. Select the folder for the scan and save or save and start.
  4. Check the log to ensure that scans complete successfully. In the application, select View updating log.

Patches and Updates

Keep Windows security patches and critical updates current, as instructed on the Microsoft Windows update site and the Secure Computing website.

MIT also offers Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS) which focuses on critical security updates and may be used by MIT faculty, staff, and students on MIT-owned and personal machines.

For more information
For general virus protection tips, read: Virus Protection at MIT.
If you think you have a virus, read the article: Does my computer have malware on it?

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Last Modified:

May 24, 2016

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