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Monday, March 25, 2013
Sean O'Malley  

The university's license for McAfee Virus Scan expires on March 31, 2013. Anyone still using McAfee should switch to Sophos before then.

OIT has begun sending automated email reminders to individuals who still are accessing the university's McAfee update server. These reminders will be sent daily until the server goes offline on March 31. At that point, anyone still using McAfee will no longer be able to receive virus definitions from the university, and their copy of the software will be ineligible for virus engine upgrades.

According to Matthew Dalton, Director of Information Security for OIT, remaining on McAfee after the deadline is not a good idea. "Using out-dated anti virus software places your computer at an ever increasing risk. The longer you keep the old software, the more likely you are to get a virus."

Sophos Anti Virus is available at no charge to all current faculty, staff, and students. Versions are available for both Mac and PC. 

For assistance removing McAfee or installing Sophos, please contact the OIT Service Desk at 740-593-1222 or place a request at www.ohio.edu/oitech/.

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Sophos Anti Virus