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Student laptops and desktops should be used only for appropriate educational and university business purposes. Spyware software in no way supports such purposes. ITC prohibits the installation of such software on university owned computers. In addition, ITC Helpdesk Technicians will immediately uninstall any Spyware programs found on student laptops and desktops.

Spyware software programs are known to negatively impact campus computing in one or more of the following ways:  

  • Causes conflicts with work-related software applications
  • Poses a potential security risk by opening unnecessary TCP/IP ports
  • Causes computers to boot and/or operate slowly
  • Violates privacy by sending user information to 3rd parties
  • Increase of SPAM and pornographic material via e-mail
  • May cause conflicts with vital functions such as printing and web browsing
  • Impacts system resources causing computers to act sluggish (memory, CPU)
  • Conflicts with or alteration of vital operating system files
  • Causes the computer to crash often
  • Unnecessary use of network bandwidth and resources
  • Installs spyware and adware
  • Increase in annoying pop-up ads
  • Causes additional work load for ITC Helpdesk Technicians, hence increasing response time for
    work orders.

Spyware software programs include:

  • Bearshare (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • Limewire (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • Kazaa (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • Frostwire (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • Morpheus (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • Ares (slows boot time, adds unnecessary registry entries & directories)
  • GoZilla (slows boot time, drains resources, multiple spyware)
  • Weatherbug (high bandwidth use, potential security risk, can disable printing, slows boot time, and spyware)