Protect your own computer

If your laptop or personal computer is not properly protected it can become infected without your knowledge within a few minutes of connecting it to the network. Take the steps below now to protect your computer.

1. Use Windows Vista/7 built-in firewall (enabled by default) or install a free third-party firewall like ZoneAlarm
Download ZoneAlarm Free Firewall  

2. Update your anti-virus software to the latest definitions
LSE strongly recommends Sophos Anti-Virus and offers a free download from School to current staff and students.Guide and free anti-virus software (for current staff and students only)

3. Download and run anti-spyware
Free anti-spyware software: MalwareBytes Free Version  

4. Run Microsoft Updates for the latest security updates for Microsoft Windows and Office software products.

5. Configure Windows to download security updates automatically
Start | Control PanelWindows Update (or Automatic Updates)

6. Set a password for your computer - 
Start | Control PanelUser Accounts  

Want more information? 
See the 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 virus definitions
  2. Run a scan for viruses

This will disinfect your computer of any viruses. 

Not sure if you have virus protection? Want help?

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

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 The Laptop Surgery is open to all staff & students.