Virus Alert Update From DOIT to all Students – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Virus Alert Update From DOIT to all Students

The newest version of the “Gobot” virus that hit campus Friday morning prompted a campus-wide shutdown of the network to prevent the spread of infections to other computers. Since Friday, lab computers have been available with full access to the M drive, e-mail, printing, and Internet. DOIT has developed a process for removal of the virus, and has been working to provide an easier solution to allow students to fix their own computers.

Library computer labs will remain open through Tuesday evening, and Gulick 208 is also available from 1:30-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. Network and Internet connections will remain offline in student residences until further notice.

DOIT will be holding a virus-removal clinic in the Sanford Room of the library from 6-10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2. Further clinic times will be provided as required. Students may bring their laptops to the Sanford Room, along with power supply and network cable, and members of DOIT will be on staff to instruct the removal of viruses from infected laptops and patch uninfected computers so they are not vulnerable.

*Note: There will be a few stations set up for students with desktop computers to bring only their towers (no need for keyboard, mouse, monitor, or cables.)

With the upcoming holiday break, many students will be taking their computers home. Please do not plug into any Internet connection on campus or at home until your computer has been certified clean of the virus and patched against infection. Doing so may result in infection of home computers and spread of the virus across the Internet.

Please continue to check the Daily Update, e-mail, and campus mailboxes for updates from DOIT. If you have any questions, contact the DOIT Helpdesk, ext. HELP (4357).

An article on the virus issue was published in the Nov. 23 Finger Lakes Times.