IT Updates

│    Submit a Service Ticket    │    General IT FAQs    │    Faculty/Staff Training    │    Student Training    │    Information Security    │

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Free Virus Protection for Student Personal Computers

We’re pleased to announce that all Sacramento State students now have access to that same anti-virus software available for home use by faculty and staff – at no cost.  Besides the critical importance of protecting your computers from attack, you should know that the campus will begin scanning personal computers that attach to the university’s network for current anti-virus protection beginning in spring semester.  If your computer does not have up-to-date anti-virus protection, you will not be allowed to connect to our network.    


So now is a good time to ensure your home computer or personal laptop computer is protected from virus attacks and thus able to continue to use the university’s network. Please check your computer(s) to ensure they have current anti-virus protection.  If not, or if you choose to move from a paid anti-virus product to one of the free products noted below, now is a good time to download the free software to protect yourself.


If you want to take advantage of the new free anti-virus software:


1)  Type in into your browser and follow the instructions appropriate to your computer to remove your old anti-virus software.

2)  At the same university website, click on the links to download the following free anti-virus software options:  Microsoft Security Essentials for the PC and Sophos for the Mac. 

Caution: Do not remove the old anti-virus until you are ready to immediately update to the new.


While the campus and Service Desk are unable to provide direct support of non-university computers or software, the vendor websites for Security Essentials and Sophos have additional information that should be able to assist you if you run into problems.

If you have comments, questions or concerns, please send them to

Faculty-Staff Anti-Virus Software Being Updated