Malware, short for malicious software, is software (or code) designed to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. It is a general term used to describe any kind of software or code specifically designed to exploit a computer, or the data it contains, without consent.The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs

A virus is a piece of programming code usually disguised as something else that causes some unexpected and usually undesirable event. A virus is often designed so that it is automatically spread to other computer users. Viruses can be transmitted to other computers in many ways. This includes over a network, as an e-mail attachments, as downloads, or be present on a flash drive or CD/DVD. Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. A virus hoax is a false warning about a computer virus. Grayware is a general term sometimes used as a classification for applications that behave in a manner that is annoying or undesirable, and yet less serious or troublesome than virus. Grayware encompasses spyware, adware, dialers, joke programs, remote access tools, hoaxes, annoying pop ups, cookies and any other unwelcome files and programs apart from viruses that are designed to harm the performance of computers on one's network

Our Information Technology center does an excellent job of controlling malware that attempts to enter the campus network. However new viruses/malware are created daily and can infect your computer before an inoculant or protection is issued. It is your responsibility to protect your data and stop malware from doing damage to your system.  That calls for more than just anti-virus software. You need a personal firewall and spyware detection and removal software A solid defense reduces your threat exposure by protecting all entry points. Now days a single company can provide all your malware protection. 

You may obtain evaluation virus protection software from most sites. Free anti virus software is avaliable See AVG or Avast. Windows Defender is good with the Windows 8.1 Operating System.  For the Campus  we have a Sophos site license.

McAfee Sites Symantec or Norton Sites F-Secure Sites Sophos
McAfee Symantec Home Page F-Secure Corporation Sophos
Virus Information Virus Information Virus Information  
McAfee - Virus alerts Norton Products   Rescue Bootable CD
Download Evaluation of McAfee   Free AntiVirus Software AVG ISO 
    AVG or Avast Several Anti Virus ISO
Last Updated January 05, 2016 @ 10:16 am.