Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.