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Malware is any malicious software that can find its way onto your computer. Malware can be viruses, spyware, adware, worms and more. The best way to prevent your computer from being infected with malware is to be well-informed about the dangers. The next step is to keep updated copies of anti-malware software installed on your computer and to run them regularly.


While it’s true that Macs are less susceptible to malware than Windows PCs, it is important to remember that all computers can spread malware on the Washington College network.  We use and recommend Microsoft Security Essentials to protect Windows computers, Windows Defender on Windows 8/8.1 and 10 computers.


For Apple machines, we recommend keeping your operating system and other Mac programs up to date using the Mac App store. This ensures your Mac has the latest security updates.