Protect and clean your computer: Windows 7

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

  • If you are a University employee whose University computer exhibits signs of an infection and you do not feel comfortable following the listed steps, you should contact the IT Professional for your unit/department for help. No fees apply.
  • If you are a University employee whose personal computer exhibits signs of an infection and you do not feel comfortable following the listed steps, you can make an appointment to have your computer cleaned (charges do apply). Submit a Help Ticket Request or call the IT Support Center at (302) 831-6000.
  • If you are a student whose personal computer exhibits signs of an infection and you do not feel comfortable following the listed steps, you can make an appointment to have your computer cleaned (charges do apply). Submit a Help Ticket Request or call the IT Support Center at (302) 831-6000.

Computer protection and maintenance tasks

  1. Check Microsoft security center
  2. Use up-to-date McAfee Anti-Virus software
  3. Protect against spyware
  4. Set up desktop security
  5. Perform ongoing maintenance tasks
    You should perform the following tasks weekly to keep your computer clean and your information safe.
    • Run disk cleanup
    • Remove and prevent spyware
    • Back up important data to an external source such as a thumb drive or a DVD
    • Obtain critical security updates for other applications (e.g., Quicktime, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office, etc.) installed on your computer.

For further information about computer security, go to the UD computer security home page.