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Self Help for Safe Computing

Self Help

 Viruses, Malware and Spyware are a growing problem.  Fortunately there are some steps students can take to deal with common problems and information that students may use to manage their systems and keep them safe.  Ensuring that your computer is properly configured to receive updates and the installation of anti-virus and anti-spyware application will go a long way towards keeping your computer safe and secure.

Student ResTechs are available in the Technology Help Center  to provide assistance to students and answer questions regarding these common problems. 

Configuring Windows Updates


Your computer must have all the latest Windows updates.  Keeping Windows up-to-date is one of the best ways keep your computer running well. To make sure Automatic Updating is enabled, follow these steps:

In Vista or XP:  

      1. Click on the Start Bubble or Button.


      3. Click on SECURITY.

      4. Select "Turn Automatic Updating on or off"

      5. Select the Radio Button next to "Automatically download the updates and install them on the schedule that I specify.

      6. Select EVERYDAY.  The time you select can be what everis most convenient for you.

      7. Press OK.


A personal firewall is a piece of software which is included in the newer Windows Operating Systems.  It creates a protective barrier between your computer and potentially harmful content on the Internet.  Steps to turn on your Firewall:

           In Vista:                                                                            In XP:

      1. Click Start Bubble                                                         1. Click Start Button

      2. Click Control Panel                                                        2. Click Settings

      3. Click Security                                                                  3. Click Control Panel

      4. Select Firewall                                                                4. Click Security Center

      5. Select On (Recommended)                                         5. Select Windows Firewall

      6. Click OK                                                                            6. Select On ()Recommended) , then OK

      7.  Close Security Window                                                7. Close Security Center


Pop-Ups, Malware, Adware, and Spyware

Pop-Ups, Malware, Adware and Spyware are all forms of "bad' software.  These softwares are unknowingly  downloaded to your computer during normal Internet browsing and through file downloads from the Internet. 

Removing Adware and Spyware

Most software which removes spyware will also remove adware.  Spybot Search & Destroy, Adaware, and AVG Anti-Spyware are three excellent tools for cleaning spyware and adware off your computer.   To get your computer as clean as possible, we strongly recommend using all three programs.  Run these programs periodically and keep them up to date to protect yourself from new threats as they appear.

Student ResTechs are available in the Technology Help Center to provide assistance to students and answer questions regarding these common problems. 


A computer virus is a program which reproduces itself.  It may attach to other programs, it may create copies of itself, it may damage or corrupt data, change data or degrade your system performance by using memory or disk space.

In order to connect to EUP's network resources, you must have  The University supported Anti-Virus software to protect your system and other network resources.