Anti-Virus Protection

USF Health IS licenses Symantec Endpoint Protection for student owned machines currently running Microsoft Windows.

All Windows based USF Health owned computers are currently equipped with Check Point Endpoint Security.

A virus is a piece of code that attaches itself to a program or file so it can spread from one system to another. It may damage software, files and even hardware. In order to replicate itself, a virus must be permitted to execute code and write to memory. For this reason, many viruses attach themselves to executable files that may be part of legitimate programs. If a user attempts to launch an infected program, the virus code may be executed simultaneously.

A virus can run as an application, therefore it can:

  • Remotely access a computer, giving anyone complete control of the machine.
  • Run as a background process, using internet connection to send private data anywhere, anytime.
  • Delete files, run programs, edit registry and steal information.
  • Corrupt Windows files to make a machine become unusable, causing it to crash and turn off at any time.
  • Key log information such as passwords, usernames and credit card details.

Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect, and remove malware, including computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. A variety of strategies are typically employed by Antivirus software.

Go to Symantec Anti Virus to download the software for your personal computers.