Malware and Viruses
What is Malware?
Software or firmware intended to perform an unauthorized process that will have adverse impact on the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of an information system. A virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other code-based entity that infects a host. Spyware and some forms of adware are also examples of malicious code.
What is a Virus?
A computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer without permission or knowledge of the user. A virus might corrupt or delete data on a computer, use e-mail programs to spread itself to other computers, or even erase everything on a hard disk. See
What do I do if I get an infection?
If you have not used a quality up-to-date antivirus program on your computer, be sure to install one. Some problems blamed on malware are actually caused by software configuration errors or other problems that have nothing to do with a malware. If you do get infected by malware, follow the directions in your antivirus program for cleaning it. If you have backup copies of the infected files, use those to restore the files. Check the files you restore to make sure your backups were not infected. For assistance, check the web site and support services for your antivirus software. If your Parkside Issued device is infected, please be sure to report your issue immediately to the TechBar.
What are some general tips on avoiding malware infections?
What is Campus Technology Services doing to help?
CTS provides malware protection for faculty and staff PCs. Additionally, firewalls and other network tools help filter many unwanted connections that lead to the spread of malware. However, no tool will fully protect a system. In the end it is up to the user to help prevent computer infections. The helpdesk staff will also provide advice on security tools that can be installed on student and employee home computers.