Symantec Endpoint Protection is a program which monitors your computer for misbehaving programs that want to do harm to your files (ie, a virus). When it detects a file with a virus, it tries to clean the file and, if that fails, quarantines it (moves it to a part of the filesystem where it can't do any harm). You then have the option to delete the infected file.
Are you an OSU student, staff member, or faculty? If so, you can take advantage of our site license of Symantec Endpoint Protection. Symantec Endpoint Protection can be downloaded here.
Click HERE to watch a tutorial video on how to install SEP.
No. The site license agreement between Oregon State University and Symantec only allows OSU students, staff, and faculty to use the Symantec Endpoint Protection software. The software may not be shared with your friend from another university, father, mother, siblings, grandparents, or any pets you may have, unless, of course, they fall into the category of student, staff, or faculty here at Oregon State. If you know someone in need of the software, they may purchase it directly from Symantec's site (top antivirus software) or from most software retailers.
No. You will need to uninstall your current Antivirus program or not install Symantec Endpoint Protection. Installing both programs simultaneously will cause problems and can make your computer unusable. If you have already installed both, try to uninstall the last one you installed. If your computer isn't bootable, call OSU Computer Helpdesk at 737-3474 and we'll try to help you get it working again over the phone.
Watch what you download. Don't open any unrequested attachments in your email. Don't use file sharing programs, such as Kazaa or Bearshare. Run a virus scan at least once a month, and update your virus definitions on a regular basis. If you are using Outlook as your mail client, make sure to get the most up to date patches available for it.