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Anti-Virus Information

A virus is a program that loads itself onto your computer and executes instructions that can damage your files and even delete them. Viruses can use up your computer's memory, can prevent it from booting, and will spread to other computers via diskette. Nasty cousins of viruses are worms and Trojans.

Worms are viruses that spread over networks and the Internet, often by hiding within e-mail attachments or already infected network directories. They can quickly replicate by exploiting commonly used programs such as e-mail address books.

Trojans infect your computer by hiding inside otherwise innocuous programs such as games, or they can arrive via e-mail. While they don't replicate as worms and viruses do, they can be just as destructive as viruses.

Ransomware is the latest trend in malware that infects a computer and attempts to encrypt all files on the computer and files that computer has access to over the network.


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 Anti-Virus

UNF uses Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus for faculty and staff. Microsoft Defender ATP is an enterprise endpoint security platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats. Learn more about Defender ATP.

Public Anti-Virus Options

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