The simplest solution to avoiding most current viruses is to NOT open e-mail attachments, unless you have current virus detection software running on your computer. This is true even if the e-mail is from someone you know. Because most current viruses originate from a user's address book, these viruses will usually come from someone who already has your address such as a co-worker or a friend. If you must open an attachment, make sure that you first have up to date anti-virus software running on your computer. This software can be used to disinfect computers and to protect computers from being infected.
UCSB has a site license for Sophos Endpoint Protection for University-owned computers. For personally-owned Windows computers, we recommend Windows Defender. For assistance with installation, please contact us.