Virus Information

Windows Defender is the current Windows virus protection software for Faculty and Staff.

  • For student, faculty, and staff Windows PC antivirus protection on campus and at home, we recommend Microsoft Defender Antivirus. It comes pre-installed on your machine, so there is no need to install any third-party software.

  • Contrary to popular belief, Mac users can get viruses and other malicious items which is why an Antivirus software is of the utmost importance in today's technology driven world.
    • If you are interested in a virus protection software solution for Mac OS, we recommend Avast

Some Ways a Virus can propagate:

  • Through P2P file sharing utilities such as BitTorrent, Morpheus, Kazaa, LimeWire, and iMesh, among many others
  • Having shares that allow everyone full access
  • Infected email attachments
  • Vulnerabilities in your operating system

Ways to avoid a virus:

  • Do not download from or share files to a Peer2Peer site
  • Do not open emails with attachments that are not expected or from an unknown source
  • Update your anti-virus and Windows Updates regularly
  • Do not open files that may be infected
  • If in doubt, err on the side of caution

Some informational web page links from Microsoft

Help keep spam out of your Inbox

Email and web scams: How to help protect yourself

How to recognize phishing emails or links

What to do if you've responded to a phishing scam (Please call the Helpdesk at 607-871-2222 if you responded to a phishing scam)

Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

Phishing scams that target activities, interests, or news events

If you would like to report a virus to the Alfred University ITS Department or if you have questions please call the Helpdesk at 607-871-2222.