Virus Protection

Millions of viruses are currently circulating the Internet via e-mails, malicious websites and instant messaging. New ones are being released every day and infecting unsuspecting users who open e-mails that they thought were from a friend or visiting a website that required them to install something that said it would protect them.

The InfoSec team recommends using one or more of the following to help ensure your computer is free of viruses and other malware:

Windows AV Products

Lightweight AV (can run alongside other AV products)

Mac Users : there are free virus scanners available as well

  • Avast for Mac : This can be downloaded here
  • ClamXAV : This can be downloaded here
  • Sophos AV For Mac : This can be downloaded here


Although the majority of viruses currently plague Microsoft operating systems, Macintosh and Linux users should be aware that there are viruses that do target their systems. Macintosh and Linux systems can also contain Windows viruses that may not directly affect but can be transmitted to unsuspecting Windows hosts through file transfers over FTP, HTTP, instant messaging and file shares. We recommend that antivirus be installed on all operating systems. For Linux users, a free antivirus software, ClamAV, can be downloaded from

I’ve received a notice from you that I’m infected — what do I do?

You can start by installing one (or more!) of the Anti-Virus products above and running full scans to detect viruses, worms and other forms of malware currently residing on your computer.

If you are still experiencing problems or you continue to receive notices from us, you should take your computer to the Help Desk. They can be contacted at 392-HELP or

NOTE: that infections that go unresolved for more than a week may result in suspension of UF network privileges until the problem is resolved.

ALSO: Particularly dangerous infections may necessitate the immediate suspension of network priviliges to protect your computer or private information from further harm, or to protect other UF resources from attacks from your computer.

Configuring VirusScan and Virex

The first step in protecting yourself from viruses is to make sure your antivirus software is configured properly. Below are recommended settings for Virusscan and Virex. Click on the images for larger, detailed versions.

VirusScan for Windows

Click on the Start Menu, click Programs, click Network Associates and then click VirusScan Console. Right-click on On-Access Scanner and click Properties. Click the Advanced tab and make sure all four checkboxes are checked.

Virus Scan Preferences

Virex for Macintosh

In the Applications folder, double-click Virex and click on the Preferences button. For the best protection against viruses, check the boxes as shown in the graphic below. Click the More Options button to get to the advanced settings for the On Demand Scanner, Mounted Volumes Scanner, Background Scanner and Active Scanner. Configure each with the same settings as those in the graphic (click for full view of all settings).

Virex Prefs

When viruses are found, Virex will notify you and let you delete, clean or ignore the file at your discretion.