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Office of Information Security offers virus, spyware protection for UGA students, faculty, staff

The Office of Information Security has upgraded the service that provides free anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall protection for computers of UGA students, faculty and staff.

Available at, Microsoft Security Essentials can be downloaded for use on personally owned computers. The security software provides real-time protection that guards against viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

The site also includes downloads for Macintosh and Linux-based computers.

The office continues to offer F-Secure for use on UGA-owned Windows computers. F-Secure is three tools in one. It provides active anti-virus scanning of new files and e-mail; it can run a full system scan on a schedule as well. It includes a robust, customizable firewall that will warn you in case another computer attempts to access your system. Finally, it includes an anti-spyware scanner to remove any advertisements, pop-ups or other unwanted programs that often get installed with free software found online. In addition to these services, it keeps itself updated.

The download service allows individuals to choose a custom build specifically for their department or unit. If a department is not listed in the departmental build list, contact the IT professional in the department and have him or her request a departmental build. If a department does not have an IT professional, contact the EITS Help Desk at (706) 542-3106,