University of California, Riverside

Student Electronic Communications Policy

Viruses and Spyware

 To reduce the risk of viruses and spyware:

  • Install reliable anti-virus and anti-spyware software* on your computer and keep that software updated regularly.  Make sure it's legitimate before you install.
  • Scan your computer regularly with anti-spyware and anti-virus software
  • Keep your computer up-to-date with the latest security updates
  • Avoid clicking on suspicious links or e-mail attachments.  If you're not sure that the link or attachment is legitimate, don't reply to the email, contact the sender directly.
  • Enable firewall software, whether it be part of your computer operating system or a security software package.
  • Require a login for your computer
  • Use caution when installing software programs, especially freeware

*For a list of free or low cost antivirus software available to current UCR students visit the SCS Software page.

Viruses and spyware can be transmitted in many ways, including software vulnerabilities, infected disks, email, and even some software programs.  Once on your computer they can cause a variety of harm such as interfering with the operation of your computer, collecting passwords, or launching attacks on other computers. For more information please visit the Security@UCR website.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541