It is USF Health policy that all computers connecting to the network have installed and up-to-date virus detection software. Symantec Endpoint Protection is provided to meet this requirement and is available for download here. If you have a computer on your desk or in your lab you have primary responsibility for assuring that it remains virus free and does not disrupt or corrupt the work of others.
Downloads available on this page are dated and targeted toward coping with particular threats. Please check the descriptions carefully when choosing which to download and install.
These patches cure specific issues and do not represent all of the patches available from Microsoft. Installation of these does not negate the need to regularly run Windows Update.
Information and Alerts
We would strongly recommend turning on the Windows Update feature. Call our Support Desk at 974-6288 for help if needed.
2009 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) seeks to raise cybersecurity awareness through numerous events and activities during the month of October. Please visit www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam for more information on how you can participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities.
Symantec Endpoint Protection
It is USF Health policy that all computers attaching to our network have virus scanning software installed, running, and up-to-date. The University provides a site license that covers all USF computers as well as personally owned home equipment belonging to faculty, staff, or students.
It is vital to keep up with current patches for Windows to avoid many of the latest worms and viruses. Follow these quick steps to set it to check for updates automatically in the future, then click on the link below to get your computer up to date now.
1. Go to the Automatic Updates dialog box. For Windows XP, Click Start; right-click on My Computer; choose Properties; then Automatic Updates. For Windows 2000, click Start and go to the Control Panel. Double-click on the Automatic Updates icon. If you aren't sure what version of Windows you have, right-click on My Computer and choose Properties and your version will be displayed in the General tab.
2. In the Automatic Updates dialog box, put a checkmark in "Keep my computer up to date." Then click the middle setting, "Download the updates automatically and notify me to install them." Click Apply and OK.
3. From now on, whenever there are new updates you will see a small balloon in your lower screen alerting you to install them; click on the balloon to be walked through it. When you see this alert, you must click to install them or your computer will not be up to date.