(AV) Windows

Do I really need to use anti-virus on a Windows computer?

Of course. Since the majority of computers in use are Windows machines, most viruses are wrote to attack this operating system. On top of this, antivirus is a requirement while you are at the university as it is part of the Acceptable Use of University Computing Resources agreement. Antivirus software is a program designed to protect your computer from computer viruses. Antivirus software protects your computer’s sensitive data, which includes but is not limited to, personal information, browsing history, and credit cards.

What is recommended?

For windows computers, we currently recommend the anti-virus that Microsoft provides for free! This AV is the one of the easiest to come by and has one of the most basic installation processes. If you do not currently have an AV on your computer, it is recommended to get this free Microsoft one. If you have another preferred AV then you can continue to use that one instead.

How do I protect myself?

There are plenty of ways to protect both yourself and your computer; but to make it easier, below you can find a small portion of documents to help you get started:

(MicrosoftSE) Installing

Installing Microsoft Security Essentials

  1. Navigate to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download 
  2. Click on the ‘Download’ button on the left side of the page
    Website preview, "Download Now" should be in the middle and toward the left edge of the screen 
  3. Wait until the download finishes and then double click on the ‘mseinstall.exe’ file that comes up
    When finished downloading, please open the .exe file 
  4. Click the ‘Next’ button to continue the installation
    After opening the install, press "Next />" 
  5. Click the ‘I accept’ button after reading the agreement
    Here are the terms and conditions, accept if you agree 
  6. Click the ‘Next’ button after selecting ‘I do not want to join the program at this time’
    Improvement Program
  7. Leave settings on default, then click on the ‘Next’ button
    Here are some settings on optimizing your security essentials setup 
  8. At this point if you still have a previous anti-virus software on your computer select ‘How do I uninstall other anti-virus and antispyware’ otherwise select ‘Install’ to continue the install
     Press Install /> to begin to finish the process.
  9. And select ‘Finish’ to complete the installation process
    Process is now finished 

(MicrosoftSE) Running a Scan

Running a Scan

  1. Make sure your virus and spyware definitions are ‘Up to date’
  2. Select either Quick or Full scan depending on what you want to scan. Then Click ‘Scan now’
    Default home window 
  3. Quick scans checks the areas that malicious software including virus’s spyware and unwanted software are most likely to infect.
  4. Full scan checks all the files on your hard disks and checks all running programs. Depending on your system a Full scan could take over an hour
  5. If during a scan Microsoft securities essentials finds viruses or malware, an 'At Risk' screen will pop up. Your next step is to select ‘Clean PC’
    PC at risk, Clean PC 
  6. Microsoft Security Essentials will then remove the detected issue
    It will work through and find potential threats 
  7. When all of the detected malware is removed you can select ‘close’ and continue browsing
    After cleaning, you should have a verification screen saying that the actions were applied successfully 

(MicrosoftSE) Uninstalling

Uninstalling Microsoft Security Essentials

  1. Exit out of Microsoft Securities Essentials and make sure the program is not running 
  2. Under Programs select ‘Uninstall a program’
    Control Panel location in Windows 7 
    Uninstall in the Control Panel, under "Programs" 
  3. Scroll through the list of programs until you find and click on Microsoft Securities Essentials, next you click on ‘Uninstall’ 
     Here is a list of programs you must sort through to find MSE
  4. An Uninstaller will pop up and you will select ‘Uninstall’
    When you find MSE, an Uninstall Wizard will show up. Press Uninstall 
  5. Microsoft Security Essentials is now uninstalled
    After the uninstall process is complete, press finish. 

(MicrosoftSE) Updating

Updating Microsoft Security Essentials

  1. Click on the ‘Update’ tab on the top left corner of the window
     Update Tab on MSE
  2. You should now  click on a large button that says ‘Update’
    Update button should be on the left when you open Update on MSE 
  3. Let the client update

(Windows Defender) Finding it

Finding Windows Defender on Windows 8+

  1. Click on the search bar found in the right upper hand corner
    Initiate Windows search within Windows 8
  2. Begin typing Windows Defender and double click on the Defender icon
    Search for Windows Defender in the Windows 8 search
  3. Defender will activate
    Shown is the current status of your PC within Windows Defender