Remove and avoid malware

By simply connecting to the Internet, you are opening your computer to malware, or software that runs without your consent. Viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, and adware are examples of malware.

Some types of malware are harmless, but others may collect your personal information. The biggest threat is that malware can obtain your personal information and send it to another person without your knowing. Thus, it is necessary for you to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of malware. Follow the guidelines below to get started.


  • Do NOT download software with which you are unfamiliar.
  • Do NOT install software with which you are familiar unless you knowingly downloaded it.
  • Do NOT open email attachments from people or companies you don't know.
  • Do NOT click on links in pop-up windows.
  • Do use McAfee VirusScan (available for free to University students, staff, and faculty from UDeploy).

Detect and remove malware

You can download free anti-malware software called Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and follow step-by-step instructions on how to use it.

More information

Protect and clean your computer (UD)
Checklists tailored to UD-supported operating systems to protect and clean your computer.

Malware (OnGuard Online)
Identifies malware and how to protect your information if your computer becomes infected. 

Spyware (OnGuard Online)
Contains tips to determine if your computer is infected with spyware and general rules to avoid it.

Help prevent computer viruses (Microsoft Security)
Basic ways to avoid opening your computer to malicious software.

What are computer viruses, and where can I find more information? (Indiana University Knowledge base)
Defines what a virus is, different types of viruses, and how they infect your computer and spread to others.