Mac OS X Antivirus
In general, viruses are not as big of a problem in the Mac world, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. The University of Washington Internet Connectivity Kit, or UWICK, contains a copy of the anti-virus software Virex for Macintosh users. UWICK is available to all UW students either for purchase on CD for $1 or for free download (need to make a link).
Although most new computers come with some kind of anti-virus program, they usually only have a one-year subscription to updates for this software. As new viruses are constantly emerging, your anti-virus software will become virtually useless without frequent updates. The advantage of using UWICK is that it keeps up-to-date with the latest versions of Virex, which you will have access to as long as you are a member of the UW community. You might even consider replacing the anti-virus software on your computer with Virex. Take note, however, that you should only have one anti-virus program on your computer at a time as software suites from competing companies might not work well together.
Once you have installed Virex on your computer, you will need to configure the program to scan for viruses automatically.
- Open Virex on your computer.
- Click the Preferences button.
- Select Automatically Scan at Login. Virex only allows you to set an automatic scan to begin at login.
- Click OK.