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Viruses, Phishing & Spam

Sophos EndPoint Anti-Virus Protection and Updates

Drexel provides Sophos Endpoint Protection at no charge to all University students, faculty, and professional staff. Please visit the IT Software Server to download a copy of Sophos (for Drexel-owned machines or personal home use--be sure to install the correct version).

Since new viruses and scams are developed every day, it is not practical to alert the Drexel community for each and every one. The Scheduled Update feature is thus essential to virus protection. Use these instructions to configure your anti-virus settings.

Note: Drexel IT will disable any account or network port that proliferates a virus until the infected computer is cleaned and no longer threatens the network. Infection means loss of service to the infected computer and those that share the network.

Spam Blocking and Phishing Prevention

Unsolicited bulk email, commonly called "spam," is a problem for every electronic mail system on the Internet today. Drexel is no exception. As such, Office 365 handles and blocks and significant proportion of spam.

Sometimes spam gets through, or messages are tagged incorrectly as spam. To learn more, see Learn about junk email and phishing on the Microsoft Support site. For Outlook users, see Overview of the Junk Email Filter from Microsoft.

For tips and tricks on how to recognize and protect yourself from email scams (sometimes referred to as "phishing"), see our page on Protection from Email Scams.

    Help Me!

    If you have any questions regarding the use of anti-virus software or need help identifying email scams, contact the IT Drexel Help Desk at,, or 215.895.2020.