Antivirus Software Provided by Lawrence University
Lawrence University allows students, faculty, and staff to install antivirus software provided by the university (free of charge!) on a personal/home computer. This software is installed directly from the Technology Services website. To begin installation, go to Installing Antivirus Software and log in using your LU Network username and password. Be sure to read each step carefully before continuing the installation process.
FAQ: Viruses and Antivirus Software on Personal/Home Computers
Review the frequently asked questions below for helpful information pertaining to viruses and most antivirus software.
- I think I have a virus on my computer - what do I do?
If you think you know what virus you have, you can first try and find out if there is a virus removal tool for that specific virus. If there is such a tool, we recommend that you use that tool first. Then, you need to install antivirus software to prevent that virus, or some other virus, from reinfecting your computer. If you do not know which virus is on your computer, it is best to obtain and install antivirus software and then run a complete system virus scan.
- What software does Lawrence provide?
Starting fall 2011 Lawrence University will be offering Kaspersky anti virus software to LU students for their Windows or Macintosh systems. Faculty/staff members with personal Macintosh computers can also use Kaspersky. Window faculty/staff members will have the option of using Endpoint.
- Does the Lawrence-provided software come with a firewall?
No. The software provides antivirus protection only.
- What happens if I don't install the Lawrence-provided antivirus software and then I get a virus?
That will depend on the nature of the virus; if the virus is disruptive to the campus network or computer systems, the ability to use your computer on the Lawrence network will be disabled. You will be contacted by Technology Services and asked to correct the problem.
- I already have antivirus software - why do I need new/other software?
If you have a current, updated version of an antivirus product, then you do not need to install the Lawrence-provided software. Many computer users have outdated antivirus software that provides little or no protection. Please make sure that your software is current and is being updated at least weekly. (Note that brand new computers often come with a very limited demo version of some antivirus software. If you want to keep using that version, then you must subscribe to the product updates and pay for the software. Otherwise, it will expire and your computer will no longer be protected.)
- I do not want to use the provided software - what are my options?
You may purchase and install most any vendor's antivirus software on your computer. Just remember that you must keep it current for it to function correctly. Most vendors do require a regular subscription payment in addition to the original software purchase.
- What happens to the Lawrence-provided software when or if I leave Lawrence?
Per the license agreement with Kaspersky, you must remove the software from your computer when you leave Lawrence (it is necessary to agree that you will do so before you will be allowed to install the software).
- What are the system requirements for the Lawrence-provided software?
The software will work with Windows XP/Vista/7 and most versions of Mac OS X.
- I use Linux - what should I do about virus protection?
At this time Lawrence University does not provide antivirus software for Linux systems. Due to the lower number of users of these systems and the types of viruses found to date, the threat on these systems is relatively low. Nevertheless, if you use Linux, Technology Services advises you do have some type of protection installed.
- I want the Lawrence-provided software. How do I get it?
To begin installation, go to Installing Antivirus Software and log in using your LU Network username and password. Be sure to read each step carefully before continuing the installation process.