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Windows Security

Information on how to protect your machine from intrusive malware.

Faculty & Staff Software Updates

This section contains information about automatic update settings on Butler computers with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Automatic updates will normally be applied once a month.

  1. When updates are available, a notification will appear near the clock in the system tray. Click the icon to immediately install the updates.
  2. If you do not install the updates on your own they will be applied automatically overnight and your machine will be rebooted.

Always Log Off (not lock) your computer when you leave for the day. Updates that install overnight will most likely require a system reboot.

Update Process Overview

In order to keep Butler's systems secure, it is necessary to apply software updates to most computers on a regular basis. All updates go through a testing process to mitigate the impact to end users. Updates will be applied on a monthly basis unless the severity of an update requires otherwise.

The process:

  1. Critical updates are downloaded and tested by IT
  2. After testing, updates are published to all Butler computers
  3. In the days following, all computers will receive the updates and notify the logged on user that they are ready to install. If no user is logged on, the computer will install the updates and reboot automatically overnight. If a user is logged on, they will get a warning before the system reboots.

Student Software Updates

In order to keep the Butler network secure, it is necessary to apply software updates on a regular basis.

Automatic Updates

Butler University recommends setting your computer to update Windows automatically.

In Windows 8
  1. Point your mouse to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.
  2. Enter Windows Update in the search box. 
  3. Click Settings, and then select Install optional updates.
  4. In the left pane, click Change settings.
  5. Under Important updates, choose the option that you want.
  6. Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click OK. You may be prompted for authentication.
In Windows Vista and 7
  1. Cick on the Start menu and click on the Control Panel
  2. Open the Security Center
  3. Under Windows Update, click Turn automatic updating on or off
  4. Under the Important Updates box, change the dropdown box to Install Updates automatically (recommended)
  5. Click OK. You may be prompted for authentication

Manually Installing Updates

  1. Connect to the Internet and launch Internet Explorer
  2. Navigate to and follow the prompts
  3. Select "Install Express Updates"

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

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 in the Faculty/Staff and Student sections above.
  • Firewall Protection - How to turn on your Windows Firewall. Click on your Operating System below:

Removal Tips

Try running a virus scan 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.

Firewall Protection

Learn how to protect your computer from hackers by implementing a firewall on your machine.

Unwanted Email

Learn more about eliminating unwanted email from your Butler inbox.