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Worried About Viruses?


When downloading files from any Internet source such as email or the Web, you should use caution. Be sure you know and trust the source. Also, pay close attention to Boston College's virus alerts and update your definitions as soon as you hear about a new dangerous virus. To learn more, visit the BC Virus Protection and Security page at:

Note: If you did not change your default settings, VirusScan on Windows and Sophos on Mac OS X automatically scan all files when saving and opening files.

To make sure you are using the default settings with VirusScan:

  1. Open VirusScan Console: Click Start, All Programs, click McAfee, then click VirusScan Console.
  2. Double-click On-Access Scanner to open the On-Access Scan Properties window.
  3. From the left column, click Default Processes.
  4. Click the Detection tab.
  5. Under Scan Files, make sure all the options are checked.
  6. Click OK.