Information Technology

Virus and Malware Protection

Viruses and Malware are defined as "a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code." These programs are designed to infiltrate computer software, and sometimes can be used to capture personal data and information or damage your computer.

Malware can do the following:

  • Create popups, even when you don't have a browser window open
  • Steal your passwords & credit card numbers
  • Track every web site you visit
  • Cause your computer to run slower by using up system resources

Butler University provides free antivirus software for all Butler students. Symantec Endpoint Protection is provided for all campus machines and Butler student computers.

To reduce your risk of getting a virus, IT suggests that you do the following:

  • Avoid using file sharing programs, such as Limewire or Bittorrent
  • Follow precautions when accessing email and attachments
  • Software Updates - Learn about one of the most critical steps to protecting your computer
  • Firewall Protection - How to turn on your Windows Firewall. Click on your Operating System below:
  • Windows Antivirus - Instructions for installing Symantec Endpoint Protection on your computer

Removal Tips

  • Virus Scans - Try running virus scans using your Antivirus software.

If removal fails, please contact the Help Desk as soon as possible. It is against the Computer Use Policy to continue to access the Butler network with a virus, and you may lose access until the virus has been removed.