Virus Protection

Important: The college requires all computers connected to the Whitman College network to have up-to-date anti-virus software installed on them.


Your anti-virus software depends on a file called a DAT file or a Virus Definition file to recognize the latest viruses and worms. Since new viruses appear all the time, you need to download the updated Virus Definition/DAT file on a regular basis. Make sure to configure your software to download/update its virus definition.

If your anti-virus software isn't constantly and consistently updated, it is virtually worthless. Keeping it up-to-date is your responsibility, and is your best defense against the rising tide of malware on the Internet.

In addition to anti-virus software, we recommend that everyone frequently scan their machines with Malwarebytes as well. 

  • If you live on-campus...

The college provides anti-virus software free of charge for all Whitman owned computers and for all students residing in residence halls.

If you are a student living in a residence hall and would like free anti-virus software, please come to the WCTS Helpdesk to check out an installation disk. If you have a laptop, you can also bring it by the Helpdesk, and we can help you get anti-virus software installed as well.

  • If you live off-campus...

Unfortunately, our site-license for anti-virus software doesn't cover you if you live in off-campus housing. However, there are a number of alternatives available. Our current recommendation is Microsoft Security Essentials.

Virus Protection Tools

There is some very useful software available to help detect and combat viruses. Follow the links below for more information on specific platforms.

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