Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania



Most computer virus outbreaks are easily preventable. Penn recommends all students, faculty and staff to follow these 5 simple steps to help prevent virus-related data loss.

  • Back up your work
    Keep backup copies of important papers, research projects and other documents.
  • Exercise caution when opening e-mail attachments
    Do NOT open e-mail attachments, even from senders you recognize, unless you are sure about the contents. Viruses often attach and are sent automatically via a sender's address book without the sender's knowledge.
  • Exercise caution when accepting file downloads when using instant messenger programs
    These are common ways of infecting your system and may give anyone on the Internet unrestricted access to your computer, all keystrokes you type, and all of your data files.
  • Ensure that you have up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your computer
    The University holds a site-license contract for Symantec Anti-Virus, available free of charge to students, faculty, and staff.
    For more information, go to the ISC virus web site.
  • Update your virus definitions daily (Windows and Mac)
    Anti-Virus software vendors make easy-to-install updated virus definition files available regularly to combat new viruses. For instructions on updating your software and for recent virus alerts, go to the ISC virus web site.

For more information, contact Bob DeSilets at or 215-746-5578.

Penn Medicine Academic Computing Services (PMACS) at the Perelman School of Medicine

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