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What is malware?

Malware is 'malicious' software such as viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits, worms, adware and scareware.

The University of Otago uses licenced anti-virus software to protect your computer from malware.

What should I do?

If you think your computer has been infected by malware please contact AskOtago for help.

  • In many cases the operating system of an infected computer will have to be completely reinstalled to rid it of malware.
  • To avoid losing important files, please make sure you regularly backup your work onto an external hard-drive or USB drive, your departmental file-store, or use suitable backup software.

Do you have a question? Please refer to the AskOtago Service Portal for questions about malware and virus detection.

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