Antivirus protection and personal computer configuration

After arriving back on campus, you might be quickly disappointed and easily frustrated with your laptop running slow.  Hopefully this is not the case, but if so, there are a few quick things that you could do to help get it back up-to-par.

The reason the laptops might be running slower is because if the laptop was taken off-campus over the break, then it was no longer behind the Northwest firewall. Without the firewall’s protection, more viruses and spyware can enter your computer a lot easier, because it is no longer blocking that internet traffic.  Do not fret though, there are tools to help.

First and foremost, the anti-virus software needs to be updated.  Updating the software is a simple process and all that needs to be done for this is plugging it back into the Northwest Network through an Ethernet connection.  The computer should update itself automatically. However, updating anti-virus might not be enough.   In many cases, computers can easily become infected with spyware and other junk.  Many free anti-spyware tools are available online that will remove these spyware threats.

Some of the tools that are great for spyware removal include, but are not limited to SuperAntiSpyware Remover, Spybot Search and Destroy, and Malware-bytes.  All of these can be found by doing a Google search for their download.  Once you have installed one of these, make sure that the definitions are up to date.  Not having the anti-spyware up to date can cause the laptop to remain infected, and continue to run sluggish.

You may have also returned to campus with a new personal computer.  You may be wondering why you have not been able to get on the Internet with it.  The computer must first be configured and registered before it can properly be a part of the Northwest network.  A few steps need to be taken to configure your computer and they can be found on the Northwest website.

Northwest has graciously made a website with links to many helpful guides to common technology related problems and questions.  The links can be found at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/compserv/ClientComputing/Online_Support/index.htm on the left hand side of the screen.  Many guides are there, too, that range from helpful information on myNorthwest to step-by-step walkthroughs for computer configuration or wireless configuration.  If you have any questions along the way, feel free to ask the PERT in your building!

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