When the VPN connection is used your computer becomes part of the Biochemistry network and Domain. Consequently all those using the Network may be exposed to any virus or malware (adware, spyware etc) that has become installed on your computer. It is therefore essential to keep your antivirus software up to date and check your computer regularly for malware.
Sophos, antivirus software, can be downloaded, for use at home, from R:\Software\Install\Sophos\Private PCs\SophosInstaller.exe however this is only suitable for those with a broadband connection. For dialup connections AVG (http://free.grisoft.com/freeweb.php/doc/2/) or Avast! (http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html) can be used, both are free.
We have a selection of malware scanners and these can be found at R:\shares\IT\Install\AntiSpyware. Our recommendation is to run several programs sequentially to give the best results, AVG, ad-aware and Spybot will do a reasonable job... Hijackthis is useful at finding unwanted programs that are stated automatically when a PC is booted, paste the log file into the window at the help2go site (http://www.help2go.com/component/detective/). RootkitRevealer is very good at exposing malware that has been installed to trap key strokes (keyboard logger) but can take a very long time to perform a scan. Microsoft Defender can be installed to give real time protection against malware it also performs a daily scan (if the PC is on at the scheduled time).
If you have any questions on the security of your computer please do not hesitate to contact Martin Ackland or any other member of the IT Support Team and we will do our best to help you.
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