Desktop Protection

The best defense against virus attacks is to install an anti-virus software on your computer and keep it up-to-date.

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On Campus

In an effort to protect our University network from viruses and other computer threats, each University workstation that has the Desktop Services Software (DSS) installed includes Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection that is continuously being updated with the latest virus definitions. PC workstations should have Forefront Endpoint 2010 or higher installed, and Macintosh workstations should have McAfee VirusScan 8.6 or higher installed. Check the anti-virus software version number on your workstation to make sure it is up-to-date. If the anti-virus software needs to be updated or if your workstation does not have the DSS image and you would like to have it installed, contact your college ITC.

Anti-virus software automatically monitors each workstation to safeguard it against viruses regardless of how they attempt to break in. If a virus is detected on your workstation, an alert dialog box will appear providing information about where the infected file is located and the name of the virus it detected. You can attempt to clean the file, but if it cannot be cleaned, you should delete the file and restore it from a backup copy.

Although the software is continuously scanning your workstation, you can perform a manual or on-demand scan on any file, folder, or drive when necessary.

Off Campus

All Cal State L.A. faculty, staff, and students should take active measures in protecting their home computers from virus attacks. Information Technology Services (ITS) recommends downloading and installing Microsoft Security Essentials for the Windows and/or Sophos AntiVirus for Macintosh for home use.  Several other products are also available from online resources.