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Virus & Spam Protection

Free Virus Protection

BSU recommends Microsoft Security Essentials for all students using Microsoft Windows (Windows XP, Vista, 7) living in the residence halls. This software is free of charge.  

Steps to install: (Note: Windows 8 has Microsoft's antivirus already installed.  No need to uninstall/re-install)

  1. Uninstall any existing virus protection software by using the Add/Remove Programs utility in the Control panel of your computer.
  2. Go to MS Security Essentials and download the appropriate version for your computer.
  3. Follow the installation wizard to install the program on your computer.

Make sure to run updates and scan your computer regularly to ensure full protection.

Email Filtering - Virus & Spam

BSU and NTC have an institutional license to use Ironport - an industrial-strength anti-spam, anti-virus solution. Since it was implemented in Fall 2008 (BSU) and Summer 2009 (NTC) there has been a dramatic reduction in spam, phishing attacks and messages infected with viruses. Ironport automatically intercepts email messages before they reach your mailbox.

Critical Updates for Windows

Windows Updates
Run Microsoft's Windows Update utility