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Preparing your PC for Campus (incoming students)

This document talks about steps to take to prepare your PC for campus

Don't Leave Home Before Doing This!

Before you leave home and bring your computer to campus, it is critical that you prepare it properly. Computer viruses are likely to be running on the network in campus housing. If you do not properly prepare your computer, it will become infected and will then have to be disconnected from the Residence Life network. Just before you leave home to come to campus, you should:

  1. Update your operating system and install all critical security updates. This may take several runs through the update process to get all updates installed. Continue to run Windows Update until all updates are installed. The link to Microsoft’s update site is:

    Generally security updates on a Macintosh are performed automatically (unless you’ve turned them off.)  The link to Apple's update site is:

  2. Make sure your anti-virus software is up-to-date (the anti-virus definition files should probably be less than a week old). 

     Anti-Virus Recommendations for Home Use  for both PC and Macintosh.

  3. If your PC computer is already infected with these viruses, the following free tool from Microsoft can be downloaded to remove common viruses:

    Once on campus, it is important for those of you with PCs to install Microsoft security updates to your operating system on at least a monthly basis.   You also need to make sure your anti-virus software updates itself on a daily basis.

  4. You will find more information on firewalls, spyware removal, and disabling peer-to-peer file sharing on the Resnet web site at

Keywords:students, incoming students, freshman   Doc ID:24353
Owner:Ron K.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2012-05-16 09:13 CSTUpdated:2019-06-03 12:15 CST
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