K-State requires all campus network connected computers to run some form of antivirus software and has provided faculty, staff and students with a centrally funded and administered antivirus solution for over 20 years. During that time, extensive financial and personnel resources have been dedicated to maintaining the service, however the value of doing so has been steadily declining.
Many modern operating systems include built-in or open source antivirus protection that is as effective as the solution K-State is currently providing. During spring semester, Information Technology Services has been working with system administrators across campus to remove the centrally supported antivirus, Trend Micro, from servers and departmental computers.
Students, staff and faculty will also need to uninstall Trend Micro from their personal machines both on campus and at home. A list of recommended antivirus solutions is provided on the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.
Central Trend Micro servers will shutdown at 5 p.m. on June 14. After that time, clients should continue to receive pattern file updates directly from Trend but will not receive program updates. Individuals who attempt to install Trend Micro will receive an error message.
What should you do?
- Uninstall Trend Micro
- Install one of the recommended antivirus software on the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.
The K-State Antivirus Software webpage will continue to be updated as the campus works through this process. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org)