Maintaining Your Personal Computer
IT Recommends Proper PC Maintenance As Follows:
- Protect your computer with Windows Critical Updates.
- Make sure you have an Anti-virus program and keep it updated. If you don't have an anti-virus application, you can download Sophos Anti-virus free of charge by logging on the the NNU Portal, http://my.nnu.edu.
- Schedule your anti-virus or anti-malware scans daily or at least weekly. Also scan whenever you visit a suspicious web site or start getting pop-ups.
- Use the Windows Disk Cleanup feature once a week and/or whenever you visit a suspicious web site.
- Use Windows Disk Defragmenter one a month or whenever you uninstall a program or delete several files.
- Practice safe web surfing. McAfee Site Advisor is a free tool helps you know when a site is legitimate.
- Avoid installing or using programs known to contain malware/spyware.
- CLEAN BEFORE YOU CAN'T--the longer you let a situation go on, the less likely you will be able to clean everything off of your computer.
Failure to keep your computer clean can result in...
- Loss of network connectivity (Your computer connection will be de-activated*)
- Loss of privacy
- Loss of data
- Possible crash of your computer
- Infection of friends' computers
- Inability to surf the internet
- Inability to complete school assignments
*THE IT DEPARTMENT CANNOT ALLOW HEAVILY INFECTED COMPUTERS ON THE NNU NETWORK AND WILL DE-ACTIVATE THE NETWORK CONNECTION UNTIL THE OFFENDING COMPUTER IS CLEANED UP.
If you have any questions or problems, feel free to call the Technology and Media Resources office, 467-8111, or submit a help ticket to help.nnu.edu.