With the increasing use of computers and the Internet, it is becoming vitally important to protect our University network from viruses and other computer threats. The division of Information Technology Services (ITS) has implemented several virus prevention measures to protect our University against costly network downtime, reduced productivity, and compromised data.

Desktop Protection: Each University workstation that has the Desktop Services Software (DSS) installed includes anti-virus software that is continuously being updated with the latest virus definitions (to have the DSS image installed on your workstation, contact your college ITC). Learn more » about desktop options.

*New* All non-university Windows-based equipment (such as laptops accessing campus WiFi or home equipment logging in using virtual private networks) should consider running a few free Microsoft utilities (scan versions) to check for malware, software designed to infiltrate a computer system without the owner's informed consent. Those utilities can be found at

Conficker (also known as Downup, Downadup and Kido) had been a computer worm that targeted the Microsoft Windows operating system. It disabled a number of system services related to security (e.g. Windows Automatic Update, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender, and other security software) leaving the system vulnerable. Computers that were not configured to receive patches and updates from Microsoft and who were not running an up to date antivirus product were at risk. However, if you believe you may have this or similar worm, McAfee has released a stinger (a utility used to find and remove specific viruses) from its download site,

E-mail Protection: All University e-mail servers have the latest anti-virus software installed, which automatically scans all incoming e-mail messages before they are delivered to users' mailboxes. In addition, the University is blocking e-mail attachments with certain file extensions that are commonly used to spread viruses.
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Getting Help: If you believe your University workstation is infected with a virus, contact your college ITC or the ITS Help Desk (3-6170) for assistance.

Off Campus: All Cal State L.A. faculty, staff, and students should take active measures in protecting their home computers from virus attacks. See the desktop page for further information.