The College of Health and Human Sciences currently installs Windows Defender software. All computers managed by the college have Windows Defender installed, and virus definitions are automatically updated, so this page is intended mostly for personal or home use.

The College of Health and Human Sciences Computing Support Group strongly urges people with home computers to install Sophos. As K-State faculty, staff or students, this software can be installed on your home computer at no cost. If you have a personal computer that is hooked up to the campus network (wired or wireless) more than 20 percent of the time, please install the managed version so campus IT administrators can deploy updates quickly in case of an outbreak.

The best ways to access the campus antivirus software for installation is to download the software from

After installing the software, follow the instructions to update your virus definitions. It is per-configured to update itself regularly; this is just a first-time manual update. Windows Defender also can detect and clean spyware programs to help your machine run better and keep your private information private. The scheduled weekly scan will help to clean off any spyware that may have accumulated.

Email is constantly circulating with purported virus threats and the actions users should to take to protect themselves against it or rid themselves of the supposed infection. In almost all cases these email messages are hoaxes.

College of Health and Human Sciences
Computing Support Group
121C Justin Hall
1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1401