Anti-virus software Policy

Willamette University policy requires that all computers on the campus network have up-to-date anti-virus software. This means not only that you have anti-virus software installed and running on your computer, but also that information about new viruses is downloaded to your computer on a daily or weekly basis.

To help students adhere to this policy, we now provide Symantec Anti-virus software free to current students. When you download and install the software, it is configured to check each file you use, scan your disk each week, and check Symantec's server for updated virus information each day.

We encourage you to use the anti-virus software to provide year-round protection for your computer. For the sake of future students, though, please be sure to remove the software from your computer when you leave the University. That action releases a license that can be used by the next incoming class of students.

Before installing the university-provided Symantec Anti-Virus software on your computer, be sure to remove any anti-virus software you now have, including other versions of Symantec Anti-Virus. Having two such programs operating simultaneously, even two programs from the same software vendor, can cause your computer to be unstable. Most new computers come with a trial version of some anti-virus software, so even if you have not installed such software, it may be on your system. Those trial versions continue to run until you remove them, but stop protecting you after the trial subscription expires, typically three months after you start using your computer.

To obtain the Willamette University installer for Symantec Anti-Virus software, click here to visit the download page.