On this page you can find some of the tools that the Help Desk employees have used to protect and repair computers. For more specific information about each product, see the product developer's website.
Important Note - The tools linked on this page are neither developed nor supported by the UWEC LTS Help Desk. They are only suggested tools for protecting and cleaning computers.
These tools must be used at your own risk.
Virus Removal Software
You can Download FREE Antivirus from any of these websites: (Please keep your anivirus definitions up to date.)
Panda Cloud Antivirus
The first free antivirus from the cloud. Easy to use. Light as a feather. Secure protection against all kinds of viruses... and 100% FREE.
A comprehensive, easy to use antivirus program, designed to offer reliable free of charge virus protection to home-users only. Avira offers: Extensive Malware Recognition of viruses, Trojans, backdoor programs, and worms, virus protection, with Virus Guard real time monitoring, as well as other forms of protection for your computer.
Avast Home Edition:
FREE avast! antivirus Home Edition includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT detection. antivirus Home Edition is FREE to use but it is necessary to register before the end of the initial 60 day trial period. Following the registration you will receive by e-mail a license key valid for a period of 1 year.
**Keep in mind that if you are going to download one of these free programs you need to uninstall any current anti-virus you might have on your computer.**
Spyware Removal Software
Malware Bytes -
Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.
Safer Networking Spybot -
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. This tool is similar to Ad-Aware in that it removes spyware from your computer, but it finds and removes different kinds. This tool can be downloaded from the developer's website.
ESET Online Scanner -
Free online scanner, just click the blue button on the page and install the application. Most successful if used with Anti-Malwarebytes and Spybot-Search and Destroy.
Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client -
Follow that link and download Cisco AnyConnect to create a VPN. The Virtual Private Network connections allow access to on-campus resources from off-campus. For more information on how to connect, read http://www.uwec.edu/Help/drives/vpn.htm. Call the Help Desk if you have any questions.
Lync IM 2010 -
The Lync IM Client is for installation on your personal computer (Both Windows and Mac). According to Microsoft, Lync 2010 communications software creates a virtual connection between you and the people you work with. It lets you talk, share your desktop and programs, and work together in real time, all from your computer.
Additional Help - If you do not see the expected files listed on this page please call the Help Desk for further assistance. You can also try an internet search for the software. For a generic search use Google, or try popular software sites such as C|Net Download.