IT Services Alerts - NEW: Cyber Security Update from TCDconnect, enforced Windows PC scan May 17th , May 17th, 00:00-23:50

First Posted: Tuesday May 16th, 14:15

 

The following email has been sent to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, regarding the enforced rescanning of Windows PCs on May 17th

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Dear Trinity Students

You will all be aware there has been significant global ransomware attacks over the last few days affecting Windows computers. There are expected to be additional and more aggressive variants of the ransomware attacks emerging in the days and weeks ahead.

So from tomorrow (Wednesday, 17th May) before you will be able to connect your Windows computer to the Internet and the Trinity Network, TCDconnect will be enforcing a re-scan of your Windows computer.   This scan will affect those with Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems and will ensure that your version of Windows has the latest Microsoft security updates and that your anti-virus is also up to date.  Until your computer is up-to-date you won’t be able to access the Trinity Network or use local IT resources, My Zone email or the Internet.

You can minimize any disruption by making sure today that your Windows computer is protected and up-to-date: 

  1. Make sure that your computer has the Microsoft software updates.  You can install the update directly from Microsoft by running Windows Update. (Step-by-step details below on how to check Windows updates for your version of Windows.  We have included Windows 10 instructions too as it is good to check you are keeping up-to-date but you won’t be part of this scan but this may happen in the coming weeks.)
  2. Ensure that you are running anti-virus software and that it is up to date with the latest Virus Definitions.
  3. Ensure you have a recent backup of your important College files and copies locally on your own computer of any items you need for your exam preparation.

Further information on securing your computing devices and data files is available on the IT Services Website. 

We are extremely mindful that this is still the exam-period and that this might cause disruption for some students, but after consulting with your representatives from the Students Union and Graduate Students Union we believe the risk of not forcing the update is too great for the individual, their fellow students and the College.

IT Services

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How to manually check and install Windows updates

Please follow the instructions for your operating system below in order to run Windows update.

Windows 10 (Windows 10 won’t be included as part of the scan on 17 May but it is always good practice to check you are update with your Windows Updates)

  1. Click the Start button (Windows icon) and choose Settings
  2. Click Update & security
  3. Click Check for updates and install the listed updates
  4. If you have all the updates installed you will see ‘Your device is up to date.’

Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

  1. Move your cursor to the bottom left of the screen until you see the Start icon
  2. Right-click on the Start icon and choose Control Panel
  3. Search for Windows Update using the search box at the top right of the Control Panel
  4. Click Check for Updates and install the listed updates

You may need to re-run the 'Check for Updates' after installing the first set of updates, so repeat steps 1-4 until there are no further updates available. Even when the system reports 'No more important updates', this can be is misleading, so click on this message and choose 'Get more info' and you may see there are further updates listed.

Windows 7

  1. Choose Start - All Programs - Windows Update
  2. Click 'Check for Updates' and install the listed updates

You may need to re-run the 'Check for Updates' after installing the first set of updates, so repeat steps 1-4 until there are no further updates available. Even when the system reports 'No more important updates', this can be is misleading, so click on this message and choose 'Get more info' and you may see there are further updates listed.

Windows Vista

  1. Choose Start and open Control Panel* and then either
  • If using Classic View click on Windows Update and click 'Check for Updates' and install the listed updates
  • Or
  • If using Control Panel Home View click 'Check for Updates', under the heading ‘Security’ or ‘System and Security’, and install the listed updates

 (*Top left-hand corner of the Control Panel will show you which view you are using.)