AntiVirus Information:


        Every Computer connected to our Network must have AntiVirus software installed to protect that computer and to prevent it from spreading a virus to our Network.


In almost all cases this will be Network Associates Antivirus Software, which should be installed when your computer is first connected to our Network. The University of Texas has a site license so that this software may be legally installed on every UT owned computer. This software protects your computer from virus and viruses received in email. To do its work most effectively it must be kept up to date so that it can protect one against new viruses which are always appearing. Computer viruses are in some ways similar to human viruses. Some are just mildly annoying, some can be destructive, and some are deadly. We know no one wants valuable irreplaceable files destroyed, and thus we are ever vigilant about computer viruses.


The PC software is VirusScan, and your software should be configured to automatically update itself weekly. Upon occasion additional updates and upgrades are published which the automatic update will not obtain. These are downloaded and placed on our server, and may be accessed by Double clicking on a Globe icon on your desktop called “AntiVirus Update”. Any other Globe icons should be deleted. If one does not have the Globe Icon on their desktop, it may be copied from the “V” drive (\\SPHCLU\SPH_NET).


Many new viruses can also spread through open "Shares", so make sure any folders  you are sharing with other users are protected with passwords, or share level user permissions. A folder that can be accessed by the default "EVERYBODY" can also be infected by some of the viruses currently making the rounds, besides being available to any user to act on.


Unfortunately the UT License with Network Associates does not allow us to provide antivirus software for personal Home computers. Your home computer should have antivirus software that is updated at least weekly. Antivirus software that is not updated leaves you vulnerable to new viruses. Updates for home computers may be obtained at:






Be careful of emailed warnings from friends. There are many hoax emails going around. Always check with the experts,

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