The College of Human Ecology installs Trend Micro OfficeScan Antivirus software that is used throughout the university. All computers managed by the college have the managed version of OfficeScan installed, and virus definitions are automatically updated, so this page is intended mostly for personal or home use.
The College of Human Ecology Computing Support Group strongly urges people with home computers to install Trend Micro OfficeScan. As K-State faculty, staff or students, this software can be installed on your home computer at no cost. If you have a personal computer that is hooked up to the campus network (wired or wireless) more than 20 percent of the time, please install the managed version so campus IT administrators can deploy updates quickly in case of an outbreak.
There are two ways to access the campus antivirus software for installation:
- Download the software from http://antivirus.k-state.edu
- Get the K-State Catpack CD from its distribution points.
After installing the software, follow the instructions to update your virus definitions. It is per-configured to update itself regularly; this is just a first-time manual update. OfficeScan also can detect and clean spyware programs to help your machine run better and keep your private information private. The scheduled weekly scan will help to clean off any spyware that may have accumulated.
Email is constantly circulating with purported virus threats and the actions users should to take to protect themselves against it or rid themselves of the supposed infection. In almost all cases these email messages are hoaxes. Before forwarding the report of a virus threat or deleting files from your computer in response to a threat, please visit the Trend Micro virus information page and look up the name of the reported virus or the file names the email requests you delete. Many of these circulating email messages are merely hoaxes.