MCS for Windows 7, 8 & 10

The following instructions are steps you must take now to ensure that your computer will be safe from viruses and other malware.

If you have arrived with an infected computer, or if it becomes infected while you’re here, you may lose access to the Internet until you clean it up. This may require you to re-format your hard drive and re-install your operating system and all your applications from scratch. It’s up to you to take the necessary precautions to secure your computer.

Before Connecting to the Network

Step 1: Turn on Built-in Firewall

Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Start button (bottom left corner of the screen) and then choose Control Panel.

  2. If you don’t immediately see the option for System and Security (left side of the screen), search for it on the Control Panel search bar.

  3. Click on Windows Firewall and if it is not already enabled, click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off and put in your computer password to enable it.

Windows 8:

  1. Click on the Start button (on the right side of the screen) and click Settings. Then search Firewall in the search bar.

  2. Click Windows Firewall (the results show on the right side). If your firewall is not already enabled, click Turn Windows Firewall On or Off and put in your computer password to enable it.

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (most often in the bottom left corner of your screen), and then choose Control Panel.

  2. Search ‘firewall’ on the Control Panel search bar.

  3. Click on Windows Firewall.

  4. Turn the firewall on and press OK. You may need administrative access to turn it on. In this case, just type in your computer password to enable the firewall.

Step 2: Turn On Automatic Software Updates

The following instructions will explain how to turn on automatic software updates. This will make it easier to keep up with critical updates that are released to protect your machine from dangerous viruses and other malicious programs.

Every time your computer finds new updates, you will see a notification message on your screen that new updates are ready to be installed. Do not ignore this software update message! Just say yes and allow the installation to proceed. After the installation is complete, you will usually be prompted to close down and restart your computer.

Windows 7 & 8:

  1. Click the Start button and navigate to the Control Panel. To open the control panel on Windows 8, use the keyboard keys: WIN + X and click Control Panel.

  2. Click on System and Security. If you can’t find it, search for it on the search bar in the top right corner.

  3. Click Windows Update and click Change Settings (on the left).

  4. Click Install updates automatically (recommended) if it is not already checked.

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (most often in the bottom left corner of your screen), and then choose Settings.

  2. Click on the last option on the page called Update and Security.

  3. The default page that comes up should be Windows Update. If not, click Windows Updates and then click Advanced Settings under Update Settings.

  4. Click Choose how updates are delivered and make sure the updates are switched ON.

Step 3: Setting up Personal Password

In order to keep your machine safe from attack, you need to protect all of its local accounts with secure passwords. A secure password is a combination of letters and numbers. It is something that would be very hard for you to forget, but virtually impossible for anyone else to figure out. If this password is forgotten, it cannot be reset. You may want to write it somewhere safe, but remember, if you write the password and keep it near your machine, anyone who finds it will be able to access all of your data and programs.

Windows 7:

  1. Click on the Start button and navigate to Control Panel. Click User Accounts.

Windows 8 & 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (most often in the bottom left corner of your screen), and then choose PC Settings.

  2. Click Accounts and then click Sign-in options. For Windows 10, after clicking Accounts, search ‘sign-in options’ in the search bar.

Step 4: Connect to Barnard Wireless Network

If you are on Barnard’s campus, you are able to connect to Barnard Guest and Barnard Secure. Barnard Secure will ask you for your Barnard uni (without the barnard.edu) and your Barnard password. This WiFi will be available to you as long as you are on Barnard’s campus and will not be available if you are on Columbia’s campus.

For detailed instructions, visit: https://barnard.edu/bcit/access/internet.

 

Immediately After Connecting to Network

Step 5: Updating the Operating System

It is critical that you update your operating system regularly. Without doing so, your machine may not be stable and will be much more vulnerable to attack. In Step 2 of these instructions, you configured automatic updating of the operating system, but after connecting to the Barnard or Columbia networks for the first time, you must update manually.

Windows 7, 8 and 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (most often in the bottom left corner of your screen), and then choose Settings.

  2. Click Windows Updates and then Install now.

  3. If you cannot find Settings or Windows Updates, search Update after clicking on the Start button.

Step 6: Installing Computer Security Software

Symantec AntiVirus is provided to all students in Columbia University and Barnard College for free. It will help in protecting you against viruses and other malicious programs.

For instructions and to download the software, please navigate here. You will be prompted to login to your Columbia email and once you do so, the antivirus program will be downloaded.

Step 7: Scanning for Viruses

To keep your computer clean, it must start clean. Please run a full system scan with Symantec Endpoint Protection by clicking Full Scan.

Once you have finished the scan, you may use the network. Be sure to review the document concerning copyright-related policies included in this packet. Also, please review the safety guidelines found here to ensure that your machine remains safe.

For information on online resources, documentation, please visit CUIT's site.

Barnard College students should report problems to Student Computing.

Step 8: Adding PawPrint to Your Laptop

General instructions for printing on campus are available here. For Windows computers, choose the option that works best with your computer. To install the Pawprint driver onto your personal computer, go to http://cuit.columbia.edu/pawprint.

If you are not using a computer in a computer lab, when you press print on your personal computer, you will be asked for your uni.

Pawprint locations are available across the Barnard and Columbia campuses.