Antivirus

Antivirus

Brock University is dedicated to maintaining a malware-free environment in all of its labs, offices, and classrooms. To ensure this, Brock has trusted the services of Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) to protect Brock University computers on campus from malware. 

SCEP is supported on  Windows 7, 8, 10 and MAC OS 10.7 to 10.10 operating systems.  Any computer with a different operating system is not supported.  

Users will need to maintain antivirus on their own personal / home computers.

 

Faculty/Staff Office Computers

Brock University supports Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) for both Windows and Macintosh computers on campus.

 

Home/Personal Computers

Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) cannot be installed on a home / personal computer.

Please be aware that antivirus packages can expire.  Users may need to renew subscriptions to continue to receive security updates.  A list of free alternatives and other security resources is available at:

Windows Desktop Security

Macintosh Desktop Security

 

Student Computers

Students are required to provide and maintain their own antivirus protection.  Students living in the residences should install an antivirus package prior to arrival.

Please be aware that antivirus packages can expire.  Users may need to renew subscriptions to continue to receive security updates.  A list of free alternatives and other security resources is available at:

Windows Desktop Security

Macintosh Desktop Security

 

 

General Antivirus Tips

  • Update as frequently as you can. Some companies provide weekly updates while others provide daily updates.

 

  • Scan as much as possible. Although it is ideal to scan ALL FILES, it may cause older systems to run slowly. Some programs may provide you an option to scan only "default" or "common" file types.

 

  • Scan everything you download. Make certain to configure scans when downloading or receiving e-mails and that it is set to scan compressed files/attachments (e.g., .ZIP).

 

  • Scan as often as possible. Schedule your antivirus program to do a scan of ALL FILES on the hard at least once a week (nightly if you receive and download files often). If you have turned off some features of your antivirus program to be less aggressive with the system, then setting up extra scans is highly recommended.

 

  • Keep your subscription up-to-date. This varies between companies. Many companies provide free virus definitions, but program updates require you to be subscribed to their service. Some companies will not allow you to download anything without being subscribed.

 

Security Updates 

All computers with Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) should receive updates automatically as they become available.