Email Tips

Lately some viruses have been pretending that they are from legitimate companies such as from the College or even from Microsoft. These viruses are pretending to send you information directly from Microsoft telling you there are viruses out there and you should protect yourself.

Microsoft will NOT be e-mailing you anything unless you specifically ask them to, and it would be in their monthly newsletter. The OIT department here at the college also will NOT send an e-mail telling you to install software.

If you receive an e-mail from Microsoft, the College, OIT or anywhere else telling you to run an update I would highly recommend that you DO NOT open or run the program. ( Note:occasionally you may see a window pop up stating that there is an advertised program about to run. These are the operating system updates being distributed by the network to protect your computer. You do not have to do anything it will automatically install for you. )

Home Computer: If you are concerned for your home computer about possible viruses, you can go to Microsoft’s website and run the latest updates. You can do this by opening Internet Explorer, going to the menu bar and selecting Tools. Inside the Tools menu you will see an option for Windows Update, select this. This will bring you to Microsoft’s update site for the latest windows patches.

Note:Depending on how often you run these updates, it may take a long time to download and install all the updates (as long as an hour or more). You might also have to go back and update your software a couple of times until it is all done.

Office Computer: If your work computer is connected to the network, then your computer should be protected from these viruses, so you will not have to go out and update your operating system. Also, DO NOT run any software from an E-mail stating it will protect you from viruses. In most cases, these are the viruses themselves, and if they do get on your computer, it could possibly do harm to your computer system.