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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.


Washington College also maintains a license for McAfee for Windows and Macintosh computers.  Please contact the help desk if you have any problems downloading the programs.  We will help you find and install them.

Use only one anti-virus program on your computer.  Using more than one will cause your computer to freeze or not start at all.