Do not run, download or forward any unsolicited executables, documents,
spreadsheets, etc. Anything that runs on your PC should be virus checked
and approved first.
Any email you were not expecting should
be treated with suspicion, even if it comes from someone you know.
It is worth calling whoever sent it to you to check that they intended
to send you the email.
Do not open any files with a double
file extension, (e.g. iamavirus.txt.vbs). Under normal circumstances
you should never need to receive or use these.
Do not download executables or documents
from the internet. These are often used to spread computer viruses.
Although JPG, GIF and MP3 files cannot
be infected, viruses can be disguised as these file types. Jokes,
pictures, graphics, screensavers and movie files should be treated
with the same amount of suspicion as other file types.
If in doubt, always ask ICT Services for advice; do not open the file or email.
If you think you have been infected
with a virus inform ICT Services immediately. Do not panic or
interrupt other users.
Any virus warnings or hoaxes should
be sent to ICT Services who can confirm whether or not it is
genuine. Do not forward these warnings to anyone else; unless you
are signed up to an official virus alert service it is unlikely to
be a genuine.
If you have to work at home ensure that
you follow the same procedures there as you do at work. Viruses can
easily be brought into the College along with work that has been done
on a home PC.