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Antivirus software is a requirement for all computers (University and personally owned) that are connected to the SPU network. Any computer that does not have current, recognized anti-virus software will be denied access to the SPU computer network.

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free online antivirus and malware protection program created by Microsoft. It protects against virses, spyware, rootkits and tojans for versions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.

The program is simple to install, easy to use and always up to date with the latest technology from Microsoft. It's also easy to tell if your PC is secure - green = good to go!

Prior to installing any antivirus software, make sure you uninstall your previous versions or trial versions of other antivirus software.

How To:
Download Microsoft Security Essentials

Go to the Security Essentials website and click the Download Now button. Select Run (you may be prompted twice to choose Run) and follow the installation wizard.

The installation wizard will check to make sure you have a genuine copy of Windows prior to installation.

Common Problems:

Uninstall Previous Versions of Antivirus Software
It is important to remove previous versions or other versions of Antivirus Software before initiating a new installation. Multiple instances of the same type of program may cause the applications or computer to crash as well as run slowly. Make sure you have successfully uninstalled previous versions, as well as any trial versions, before downloading software from Microsoft.

See Also:

Security Essentials Support (Go here for additional support)
System Requirements (Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements)



Last Updated: 3/16/2010