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Is Your Computer Protection and Operating System Software Up to Date?
Viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, uncontrolled popups, and out of date software can cost your class, school, or office $$$$ in lost labor.

Make sure your computers are updated.
A free Norton/Symantec webbased online security checker for PC's and Macs is here. This is very useful - even if you think your computer is protected.
An enterprise license of Norton AntiVirus Corporate Edition was purchased for all LAUSD and employee personal computers. For more information go to:
to get download information.
Related links:
Symantec Home

Another free online scanner for PC using IE is Kaspersky at http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner

Norton notes for Apple 10.x Users:
Norton 10 may not do LiveUpdates. To learn more and download LiveUpdate_4.0.3_English.dmg, go here or to:

Older Apple OS concerns:
1. For Apples using 10.1+, use the updater. In the "Read Me" file is says to "copy" the file to the "Shared > Users" folder. You do actually copy and paste item into the folder. Don't "Save" to the folder or drag the file to the "Shared" folder.
2. L
ook of the "Fix for Live update Registration Screen issue on Version 9.0.2 of Norton AnitVirus for OSX.

Network, DSL, Cable, Modem Speed Check
Is your connection speed within an acceptable range? Use this from any location.
Do several tests at one time and repeat several times in a day to get a site profile of network speed. Document results.

Apple Updates
Functional and security updates should be done on all computers:
Apple OS Update charts
Apple Support Downloads
Support for OS9
Updates for OS9
Microsoft Downloads for Mac

Windows Users
Do a Windows Update every day to insure the latest security and function software is on your computer.

Windows Users
Functional and security updates should be done on all computers:
Windows OS step by step
Office for PC http://office.microsoft.com/productupdates//
Free Microsoft Virus and Secuirty Patch Support

Windows Office Users
Do an Office Update http://www.office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/maincatalog.aspx?lc=en-us

Mac Office Users
Do an Office Update http://www.microsoft.com/mac/

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Info
See XP Service Pack 2 considerations at LAUSD ITD technical Support
Microsoft S
upport for XP Service Pack 2 here.

Adding Custom Toolbars is an invitation to get unwanted Popups. Remove all custom downloaded Tool and Menu bars.

Windows Users
Stop Popups Exploiting Windows Messenger Service
see directions at:
These Popup Ads look like browser windows but are sent through your Windows Messenger Service.

Windows Users
Stop Browser Popup Ads Using LAVASOFT's Ad-aware Freeware
Remove unwanted files from Windows Registry that cause browser Popup ads to appear and tracks your Internet navigation.
These unwanted Registry files are installed in the background without your permission. Use the "Update" to make the scan current and more effective.

Windows Users
Stop Browser Popup Ads with "Spybot - Search & Destroy". Free from Download.com Do a search for "Search & Destroy". Read the tutorial. Running the default settings is OK.

Windows Users
Run CCleaner to remove unneeded spyware, adware , malware files.

Windows Users
Commerical Spyware remover:
Webroot Spy Sweeper http://www.webroot.com/
"I've been very impressed with Webroot Spy Sweeper
http://www.webroot.com/ Previously I was using three different programs to do what this one program does. I was running two spyware program (Adaware & the MS Beta) and Winpatrol to track changes. Spy Sweeper does this and more. If spyware was making you crazy/paranoid I suggest this program."

Windows Users
Microsoft is offering "Microsoft Windows AnitSpyware beta Version 1 free for public use.
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
Part of its operation connects a computer that has it installed to a Microsoft Spynet worldwide community to monitor spyware deployments.

US Computer Security Readiness Team
The National Cyber Alert System provides timely information about current and emerging threats and vulnerabilities as well as advice about protecting your computer and networks. To sign up to receive this information via email, click the button below.
http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/signup.html#taComputer Associates Virus Information Center

MS Office XP Pro and Office 2003 Pro Updates
(from S.B. Arey Jones)
The path to the MS Office XP Pro  & Office 2003 Pro Updates:
The client needs to go to the Office update site, click on downloads, once he is at that page he needs to search for downloads for his product.
In his case it is Office XP:
At that point the list of available Service packs and updates are listed.
For the service packs all he has to do is scroll to the the bottom and choose the update that ends with fullfile-enu.exe
For any other updates he just needs to click on the Knowledge Base Article that the update refers to on it's download page and down load the Administrative Update Example below:

Administrative update from a Server Location
If you installed your Office XP product from a server location, the server administrator must update the server location with the administrative update and deploy that update to your computer.
If you are the server administrator, follow these steps to download the administrative update:

1. In Microsoft Windows Explorer, create a folder on drive C, and then name the folder kb833858.
2. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
(Look for the link: "Download the English version of the Office XP Update: KB833858 full file package now".)
Release Date: March 23, 2004


FlashPlayer updates

Shockwave updates

Spam Pamphlet by ITD

"Spam Wars" article - Ian Jukes

Last change: January 30, 2006