Protect and clean your computer: Windows XP


  • You must complete ALL numbered steps.
  • These instructions require you to download files from the Internet. If your computer cannot connect to the Internet, use a computer that can connect and download the files to a DVD or thumb drive.

Computer protection and maintenance tasks

  1. Activate the Windows XP firewall
  2. Use up-to-date McAfee Anti-Virus software
  3. Protect against spyware
  4. Set up desktop security
  5. Weekly maintenance tasks
    • 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, AIM, Microsoft Office, etc.) installed on your computer.

If, after you follow these instructions, your computer still exhibits signs of infection, you may need to make an appointment to clean your system. (Charges do apply.) Submit a Help Request Ticket or call the IT Help Center at (302) 831-6000.

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