CCRI implemented Sophos Anti-Virus software as the campus standard in computer virus protection.
Sophos Anti-Virus, like its competitors Norton and McAfee, works in two ways: it prevents viruses from executing, and it removes them if it finds that one has already executed. In order to do this, Sophos maintains a database of known viruses and how to remove them, and updates the anti-virus program periodically to ensure that the computer is protected from the newest threats. Sophos constantly watches the computer, and when it notices a virus trying to execute its code, Sophos will stop it from running and quarantine the file (i.e. lock it up in a special directory where it is unable to harm the computer). Sophos can also be run by the user if an infection is suspected; it will scan the files and folders on the computer, stop any viruses from running, and remove the associated files to the quarantine.
It is important to have antivirus software on the computer to protect not only the computer from damage viruses can cause, but the havoc caused to the campus network. Some viruses are malicious and destructive causing destruction to an individual’s data and can also bring a network to a near halt.
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