To prevent computer viruses spreading within the Kalamazoo College Network, all computers connected to the Kalamazoo College Network are required to have a current, up-to-date antivirus application installed. This requirement includes all computers whether they be student-owned, faculty- or staff-owned, or college-owned computers.
This policy is enforced through the Network Registration process. Part of this process is running the Bradford Dissolvable Agent, which detects your computer's up-to-date antivirus software and allows your computer onto the network.
There are a wide variety of antivirus products available to consumers. Products popular among K College students include free products like Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows, free), avast! Free (Windows, free), Sophos Anti-Virus Mac Home Edition (Mac, free), and ClamXav (Mac, free) as well as for-fee products like those from Norton, McAfee, and Malwarebytes.
Viruses are malicious software programs that can infect computers. Antivirus software is a type of program that is designed to detect viruses, and remove them from computers. To function properly, antivirus software needs regular updates (these updates are often called "definitions," "patterns," and things like that).