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Employees, students may begin downloading Kaspersky Anti-Virus

A new anti-virus software, Kaspersky, is replacing Symantec under a new three-year licensing agreement and is now available for free download at

WVU’s license for Symantec expires June 30. Students and employees are encouraged to make the switch to Kaspersky. The use of Kaspersky on personal computers and devices is optional.

Information technology managers are continuing to replace Symantec on all University-owned machines.

To help ITS make the transition and reach every machine by July 1, the Service Desk is asking all customers to turn on any computers that have not have been used recently, including travel laptops, and connect them to any WVU network jack. The download cannot be completed via wireless networks.

Users may see either a red letter K indicating Kaspersky or a yellow shield indicating Symantec. Users who see both who should call the Service Desk at (304) 293-4444. Customers who see neither icon may instead see an arrow. Please click on the arrow to reveal the icon. Users who see only the yellow shield should call the Service Desk.

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