Protect your Computer Against Viruses and Malware

  • Make sure you have good and up-to-date virus and malware protection.

    Malware come in a multitude of varieties. Primarily, malware is software that captures information stored on your computer, without your permission or knowledge, and relays that information to others without your consent. It can produce unwanted pop-up ads and take you to unwanted sites. These malicious programs can dramatically slow down the performance of your computer, as well as change your security settings so that your computer is vulnerable to attack.

    The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team provides an excellent overview of malware. Please take the time to review this brief article on Recognizing and Avoiding Malware.

    It is critical that you have virus and malware protection software installed on your computer to protect your computer against these threats. There are many options to choose from. Some are free, and some you have to purchase. If you are an IUP student or employee, you do not have to purchase this software, because IUP provides Malwarebytes  malware protection software to all IUP students and employees.

    Microsoft included Windows Defender on every new computer. It comes installed on all Windows 8 and above operating systems. For MacBooks, an antivirus software will need to be installed. See the entry below for IUP’s suggested product.

  • Does my computer have antivirus protection built in?

    As stated above, some computers have operating systems that come with antivirus protection built in. See below for more information regarding which operating systems have built-in antivirus protection.

    Check your Antivirus Options to see how to best protect your computer.