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 Security Scans


Although similar to Security Vulnerability Scanning, this service differs in that it looks for potentially unwanted programs as well as the operating system's configuration to see if there are any configuration items available to increase the overall security posture. Sometimes when you install software, other applications are also installed. These applications can have legitimate functions, but may slow down your computer, or pose a risk if they are not updated regularly. 

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Service Details

How to Request this Service:

​Contact Support Services​ and request a security scan.

Service Expectations:

Prior to starting a scan, an IT staff member will contact you and discuss your needs and concerns. ​After​ the scans are complete, you will be provided a list of installed programs that you can safely remove from your computer. ​


Are potentially unwanted programs the same as a virus?
No. Sometimes when you install software on your computer, the installation process installs additional software and applications that you do not need. 

Would an unwanted program make my computer slow?
Yes. Programs and applications that run on your computer use resources which may make your computer slower.




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For assistance with this service, please email Support Services or call 508.531.2555.