036: How do I install Symantec Endpoint Protection antivirus?
Installing and regularly updating a commercial antivirus program on your own computers is the first line of defense against computer viruses. Because we believe so strongly in the merits of antivirus software, Mines students approved the use of Tech Fee funds to purchase a site license for Symantec Endpoint Protection, a commercial antivirus product. All Mines staff, faculty, and students using Mac OS X or Windows may download free Symantec Endpoint Protection (http://ccit.mines.edu/CCIT-Antivirus) antivirus software for use on campus or home computers. (A valid MultiPass username and password are required to download the software and gain access to installation instructions and other pertinent documentation.)
Click on the downloaded file to install Symantec Endpoint Protection in the usual way for your operating system.
To start the program in Mac OS X, click on the Symantec Endpoint Protection application icon to be begin a manual scan. In Windows, launch Symantec Endpoint Protection by clicking on the gold shield in the Windows taskbar at the lower-right of your screen, or by clicking on the Symantec Endpoint Protection entry in your program menu.
This graphical interface will allow you to scan internal drives like your hard drive or a CD/DVD, external drives like a flash or external hard drive, and your home network drives. Please refrain from scanning any Mines network drives except your own home space, so as not to use excess bandwidth. Also, be aware that Symantec Endpoint Protection provides a monitoring module that is already resident in computer memory, checking every file and email that becomes active on your computer. Thus, Symantec Endpoint Protection provides two layers of antivirus protection. (However, the full scan is more complete and should be performed on a regular basis.)
Antivirus software is commercially available for other operating systems and we encourage its use. However, it is critical that Windows users install, use, and regularly update antivirus software because most viruses are designed to attack Windows. Mac OS X should also install antivirus software such as Symantec Endpoint Protection. Linux users may install the free ClamAV antivirus program through the normal method used by their particular Linux distribution.
Though email entering and leaving campus through the Mines network is automatically scanned for viruses, which are deleted when found, that doesn't mean personal antivirus software is optional. There are many more ways than email, especially removable media like flash and external hard drives, by which to transmit viruses.