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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Malware affects some campus computers

A limited number of desktop computers on campus and some files on network file servers have been infected with a piece of malware of unknown origin.

A team of Information Security Office, Office of Information Technology, and desktop support associates is working to eliminate the virus and prevent its spread. They hope to have the problem solved early this afternoon.

Virus protection software has a difficult time stopping this particular malware and thus poses the risk of the virus spreading throughout the campus. For that reason, OIT has disconnected the file servers used to store many of its files. They will remain disconnected until the campus is protected. As soon as these services are restored, OIT will notify the campus community.

OIT has pushed an updated version of UT Arlington’s virus protection software to desktop and laptop computers. If your machine is managed and serviced by OIT, you don’t have to take any actions. However, if your computer is not managed by OIT, or to verify that your Microsoft Windows computer has the appropriate updated antivirus software, you should follow the instructions at to download and install the latest version of Microsoft Endpoint Protection.

For the latest status of this situation, visit the Help Desk’s status site For more information, call the OIT Help Desk at 817-272-2208.



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