New Student Computers

Student Computers and Virus Protection

If you plan to bring a computer with you, almost any PC or MAC purchased in the last two years will be suitable. We support wireless protocols b, g, and n. Wireless is available in all academic buildings and residence halls. Wireless is also available in some outside areas.

Check with your advisor to see if there is a software requirement for your major. For the majority of students, we recommend using Microsoft Office. 

As an alternative, Apache OpenOffice is the free open-source productivity suite that rivals Microsoft's Office suite, the business world's standard. OpenOffice is compatible with most Office documents and many other file types. Like Office, it's a collection of powerful tools, but you don't have to install all its modules. The latest version of OpenOffice supports Windows 8. Read more at

We also recommend that students maintain a subscription with an antivirus provider to be protected. Review Lifehacker to better understand how malware can affect your computer. If you do not already have malware protection software, click on one of the following links to download free software:

Microsoft Security Essentials If you follow this link, you will be led to the Microsoft Security Essentials website. Microsoft Security Essentials will protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security will always be running in the background of your computer, so if a virus presents itself on your computer, Microsoft Security will prevent anything from happening to your computer. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and can be downloaded to your computer from the link above.
This link will lead you to the Malwarebytes website. Malwarebytes will scan your computer for any type of malware including viruses, worms, Trojans, and many other types of malware. Malwarebytes will then remove the malware from your computer. This service is also available for free by following the link above.

Note: Malwarebytes is just a program that you can use to scan your computer for any malware. It is necessary for you to have some kind of security system that will run on your computer at all times such as Microsoft Security Essentials or another malware protection software. For maximum protection of your computer, Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes can both be used. 

To help prevent your computer from getting malware, do not open e-mail attachments from an unknown sender. This could compromise your computer as well as your friends' computers.
Also, never give your Crusader ID or password to anyone via email. No one at North Greenville should ever ask for this information via email. If you receive an e-mail asking you to reply with this information, delete the e-mail without replying.
It is also important that you install Windows or Apple updates on your computer weekly. This will keep your computer up to date and help keep it from slowing down.