Self Help for Students

The purpose of this site is to provide information on and solutions to some common computing problems that may be faced as a result of using the internet in this day and age. With the Internet as vast as it is, it is almost inevitable that you will at some point encounter some of the problems discussed on these pages. Westmont’s Information Technology department will provide a certain amount of support for students, but as we have limited resources, we must devote the majority of our time and effort to faculty and staff.

Preparing your Computer for the Westmont Network

Getting Ready to Connect?

Spyware, Malware and Adware

General info on Pop-Ups, Spyware, Adware, and Malware

Spybot Search & Destroy, Adaware, and SpywareBlaster are three excellent tools for cleaning spyware and adware off your computer. To get your computer as clean as possible,we strongly recommend using all three programs. Run these programs periodically and keep them up to date to protect yourself from new threats as they appear.
• If you use Windows XP, updating to Service Pack 2 includes a number of fixes and patches that will do wonders for keeping your system running free of spyware.
Keeping spyware from coming back


Bugs in your system? Or maybe a giant wooden horse carrying lots of little soldiers intent on destroying your “castle” from the inside out…learn how to protect against Viruses!

Beware the Fake Virus Notification Window! Some things are not what they seem. On occasion windows may pop up on your screen claiming that your system is at risk or infected with a virus etc… Read through this page (especially point #2) for tips on protecting yourself from these messages.

Quick Legal Note:
The software license agreement under which Westmont is able to use the McAfee Antivirus software requires the user (that’s you) to remove the software once you are no longer a student at Westmont.

Visit Routine Maintenance for tips for good computing that can help keep your computer running smoothly.