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It is important that you have anti-virus (or AV) software on your computer. Anti-virus software is constantly updating software that scans your computer for the latest viruses. If it finds an infected file, it can either try to remove the virus or quarantine the file from being used further.

If you do not have anti-virus software, the UT wireless network may not let you connect to the internet, because your computer is at-risk of being infected and infecting others.

Examples of anti-virus software include Norton, McAfee, and Symantec. It is important to note that you want one, and only one, anti-virus software on your computer. Having AV software from different companies, or even different versions from the same company, can cause computer problems, such as a complete system failure.

A helpful option with anti-virus software is the ability to scan individual files. This is helpful when you receive an unexpected attachment in your email. For example, I've received this email with an attachment, and I am not sure if it is infected with a virus.  I can right-click on the file and choose ‘Save As’.  Now I can save it to my desktop.  Then I can go to my desktop, find the file, right-click on the file’s name and choose ‘Scan for Viruses’. This scans the single file for viruses.  You will notice that it gives you a status.  If it had found any viruses, it would have listed them and given you options for removing them.