Always be aware of any attachments you receive via email from any source, even those from family. If you are not expecting an attachment, contact the sender before opening it.
The best clue to the possibility of a virus is if the attached file contains the letters "vbs". This is not the only evidence, but it is a very common type of file used as a virus. The Office of Information Systems (OIS) blocks many attachments such as files containing the extensions .zip, .com, .exe, .vbs, and .scr.
You can have the following virus protection software for free.
- Microsoft Essentials: For Windows Vista or 7 (with the latest service pack), please go to the Microsoft website to download it.
- Windows Defender: For Windows 8 or above, it is already included in the operating system.
- Avira: For Mac computers, it can be downloaded at http://www.avira.com/en/free-antivirus-mac
- Avast: For Mac computers, it can be downloaded at https://www.avast.com/en-us/free-mac-security
Faculty and staff will be equipped with Microsoft Forefront for virus protection.