SPAM Messages

Spam messages refer to unsolicited advertising messages, usually sent in large amounts. Malicious spam messages may contain links to a website capable of infecting visiting computers with viruses and other types of malicious files.
 
An example of a spam message would be an unsolicited email for medicine or herbal supplements. The email may contain a link to a website selling the indicated product. This website may contain malicious files.
 
What can I do to protect myself?
 
Users should be cautious when providing email addresses to untrusted parties, as this can result in user’s email addresses being added to spam mailing lists.
 
Users should also ensure their computers are using an up-to-date antivirus program. If you have visited a website containing malicious files, an antivirus program with current virus definitions is your best protection against infection. If you are unsure which antivirus program to use, please select the most applicable scenario below:
 

  • On Campus users with OSU provided computer: On campus users with OSU provided computer should use Microsoft Forefront Client Security for antivirus protection. For information about installing Forefront Client Security, please refer to this support page provided by OSU IT Technology Support.
  • Off Campus users with OSU provided computer: Off campus users with OSU provided computers should use Microsoft Security Essentials for antivirus protection. For information about install Security Essential, please refer to this support page provided by OSU IT Technology Support.
  • Personally owned computers: Personally owned computer should be protected with an antivirus program of the owner’s choosing. Microsoft Security Essentials is compatible with recent versions of Microsoft Windows, and is freely available from Microsoft’s website. Other available antivirus programs are available from: Malwarebytes, Avira (also available for Macintosh), Sophos (also available for Macintosh).