Protect Your Own Computer

Viruses and malware pose a constant threat to all computer users, especially if your laptop or personal computer is not properly proctected. 

Some of the most common ways your computer becomes infected, is from carrying out activities we often take for granted. For example:

  • Using Email: opening an infected email attachment or clicking on a malicious link to a web page
  • Surfing the Net: downloading software from malicious web sites or clicking on links on those webpages
  • Storing Data: opening files on an infected USB stick or removable hard drives

To stay safe while online and to protect your data and devices, a combination of measures are needed:

  • Use a built-in firewall on your computer (Windows Vista/7 enable theirs by default) or install a free third-party firewall like ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
  • Install, check and keep your anti-virus software up-to-date with the latest versions. Current LSE staff and students are eligible for free Sophos Anti-Virus software downloads for Windows, Mac and Linux devices.  
  • Run Microsoft Updates for the latest security updates for Microsoft Windows and Office software products.
  • Configure Windows to download security updates automatically: Start | Control PanelWindows Update (or Automatic Updates)
  • Always password protect your computer: Start | Control PanelUser Accounts  

For more tips on staying safe online see: Protecting your computer guides and faqs.

Think you have a computer virus?

If you think you have a computer virus, do the following:

  1. Update your virus scanner to search for new virus definitions
  2. Run a scan for viruses
  3. Take any recommended action suggested by the scan, which may include disinfecting or deleting infected files.

This should remove viruses from your computer.

Not sure if you have virus protection? Need help?

Visit the Laptop Surgery or contact your Residence IT advisor via the IT Help Desk.