Antivirus and Malware Protection

 

Antivirus is protective software designed to defend a computer against malicious software. Malicious software, or "malware" includes: viruses, trojans, key loggers, hijackers, and other code that vandalizes or steals your computer contents. UNF uses Symantec Endpoint Protection to help protect against malicious software. Symantec Endpoint Protection automatically scans a computer to detect and remove viruses, spyware, and security risks. It also cleans downloaded files or email attachments and attempts to repair the effects of any viruses that were found. 


Faculty and Staff 

Most people shut down their computer each day before leaving work, however there are a few faculty and staff, who for various reasons, may need to leave their UNF-managed computer powered on overnight. In this case, it is important to reboot the computer a couple of times a week to ensure all updates have been fully applied. Virus definitions are updated several times a day and do not require reboots.   


Symantec Endpoint Protection, like most software applications, is upgraded periodically to fix bugs and make other improvements. When Symantec Endpoint Protection is upgraded, you will need to restart your UNF-managed computer so the new changes will take effect. When Symantec Endpoint Protection is upgraded, you will see a window popup that informs you Symantec Endpoint Protection requires the computer to reboot. You can choose to restart now or to be reminded later (intervals from five minutes to four hours). It is recommended that you restart the computer as soon as you are able to do so. 


Symantec Endpoint Protection Message 

 

Students

Symantec Endpoint Protection may be downloaded from myWings for free while you are a UNF student. If you already have an antivirus program installed on your computer, uninstall it before installing Symantec Endpoint Protection or any other antivirus program. On the student tab, locate the section (channel) called "Software Download" and select your operating system to begin the download.