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Protect Your Computer from Malware


To minimize the chance of your computer being infected by a virus or other type of malware, we strongly recommend you have a malware protection program installed on your computer, and that it be set to scan any floppy, CD, or file you download from the Web.

  • Macintosh computers - Symantec Endpoint Protection is available for members of the Dartmouth community. Installing it before you have a problem is a lot less expensive and time consuming than trying to repair the damage that can be caused by malware.
  • Windows 8, 8.1, 10 - Windows Defender is built into the Windows operating system and is the recommended application for protecting your computer.
  • Windows 7 - Windows Defender is built into the Windows 7 operating system but needs to be enabled in the Control Panel.  In addition to Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials must also be downloaded and installed to fully protect your computer.  See Windows Defender with Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7.

Your computing habits can also help prevent the spread of malware, simply by being aware while surfing the Web and or when you receive emails with attachments. Simple actions such as not clicking on links that will take you to Web sites you don't know or trust, closing the window on a web browser instead of the button inside marked cancel, deleting email from unknown senders, or not opening attachments received via email that you were not expecting - even if you know the sender - can often be one of your best defenses.

Symantec for Macintosh

Windows Defender with Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7

Windows Defender on Windows 10

Computer and Device Services
Desktops and Laptops
Last updated: 
Monday, December 18, 2017

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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