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Virus Protection

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Get FREE anti-virus software

All members of STICERD, CEP, CEE and SERC who wish to connect their own computers to the LSE network ARE REQUIRED to install and regularly update antivirus software, as this minimises the risk to all network users.


Sophos Anti-Virus Software

If you are a CURRENT student or member of staff at the LSE you can download Sophos anti-virus software for FREE.

Sophos is available for Windows and Mac users.

Sophos replaces McAfee Anti-Virus Software at the LSE.

If you installed McAfee on your own computer under the School's licence you must now remove it, (as it will be out of date and will not work properly) and install Sophos software.
  • SOPHOS ---- Download directly from the LSE website
    You must be a CURRENT student of staff member of LSE.

  • Staff and students who wish to connect their own computers to the LSE network ARE REQUIRED to install and regularly update antivirus software. LSE strongly recommends the use of Sophos Antivirus, available free from www.lse.ac.uk/itservices/sophos to all current staff and students.

    This software will enable IT Services to automatically update Antivirus software throughout the school and minimise the risk to all network users.

  • Download the Sophos manual to find out more:
    Sophos Manual (Windows) | Sophos Manual (Mac)

Are you using McAfee antivirus software?

Please note that the School's licence with McAfee expired in December 2009. LSE IT Services is no longer distributing McAfee to users. Instead, the school is now offering Sophos.

If you have installed McAfee on your own computer under the School's licence you must now remove it, and then install the Sophos software.

For help removing McAfee and installing Sophos on your computer, see the instructions from the LSE website.


Other Useful Anti-Virus Utilities

[STINGER]
STINGER ---- a free, stand alone application from McAfee which removes common viruses in current circulation. (Windows Only).

Download directly from the McAfee website

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Use STINGER as a quick emergency tool for an infected system.

  • STINGER is NOT a substitute for full anti-virus protection: Please download Sophos for full anti-virus software.

Important - Watch out for Fake Windows Alert Viruses

[Warning]
Please be aware of Fake Alert Trojans - these are alarming, but FAKE security messages, FALSELY claiming that viruses have been found and will require the user to register the product to clean the system.


EXAMPLE: The Trojan 'FakeAlert' loads a Security Center as shown below, which informs the user that they do not have a Firewall or Anti-Virus. This is a fake Security Center which attempts to trick the user into purchasing the Fake Scanning software.

FakeAlert Security Center

NOTE: There are OTHER variants and different screens for similar types of Fake Alert Trojans, for example false anti-virus screens as shown below:

FakeAlert Security Center

How To Get Rid of Fake Alert Trojans

Follow BOTH steps below:
  1. A new Stinger has been developed to specifically target "FakeAlert" threats being seen in the wild. This version of Stinger detects and removes the following "FakeAlert" Variants - Kryptik, AVP Security, Fakespypro, Winwebsec, Antivirus Soft and XPSpy. Download directly from McAfee, save on your desktop and run immediately.

  2. Make sure you have up to date Anti-Virus Software. Current LSE students and staff can download Sophos Anti-Virus Software for their own home personal computers or laptops directly from the LSE website

How To Prevent Fake Alert Trojan Infection

  1. Trojans are spread manually, often under the premise that the executable is something beneficial. Distribution channels include spam emails, P2P networks, newsgroup postings, etc. Be aware of the type of website you are visiting or even the type of file that a friend might send you. One method before you click on an email attachment is to save the file to a USB key and run a quick virus scan on the file before opening it.

  2. Make sure you have up to date Anti-Virus Software. Current LSE students and staff can download Sophos Anti-Virus Software for their own home personal computers or laptops directly from the LSE website