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A computer security threat has popped up on several campus computers that may cause the loss of saved data and substantially slow processing time.
- The security threat has appeared under several different names, including Antispyware 2009, Antivirus 2009 or any combination of “antispyware” or “antivirus,” along with a four-digit year. It appears to be a legitimate warning. If your computer prompts you to install or update similar-sounding software, do not accept it. Of note, almost all of the university-owned computers run a legitimate antivirus software package called McAfee Antivirus that occasionally runs updates.
- Microsoft is meticulous about proper grammar and spelling. Be especially wary of any popup windows or prompts with typos or strange syntax.
- Do not click on or accept anything that looks suspicious or that is unknown to you. Ask for verification from the IT Help Desk before proceeding if there are doubts.
Signs the file may already be on your computer:
- The internet redirects to sites not entered in the browser’s address bar.
- You are unable to connect to the network.
- Files or saved data is missing.
If you notice something suspicious, call the IT Help Desk immediately at 341-HELP (4357).