March 20, 2014
The following information has been posted by NSHE System Computing Services.
The software, Host On-Demand, used to connect to Mustang for the administrative systems Advantage Financial, HRMS, and Legacy SIS, will no longer be an option to NSHE effective May 1, 2014.
System Computing Services recommends QWS3270 Secure client as a replacement for Host On-Demand. We have found QWS3270 Secure to be faster and more reliable. We share our System-wide site license with the campuses so this client software can be installed on an employee’s campus workstation and/or home computer. Please contact your institution’s IT support to request QWS3270 Secure client.
More information on obtaining the QWS3270 software, and configuring it for use with Advantage, HRMS, and SIS can be found on the IT website.
March 17, 2014
Are you getting annoying popup ads or worried that your computer might have a virus? This article gives tips for preventing and removing malware and adware from computers.
Note: Some of the following tips such as uninstalling malware programs could lead to inadvertently modifying legitimate and important programs, so if you have any doubts check first with a knowledgeable source like IT support.
The tips in this article include practicing safe computing, installing an adblock plugin for your web browser, running antimalware software, and manually deleting malware and adware programs.
Practice safe computing
You can significantly reduce the risk of contracting malware and adware by following safe computing practices. For suggestions on safe computing, see the IT’s Safe Computing article.
Install Adblock for your Web Browser
Adblock is a popular web browser program which helps block adware and reduce popups.
Note: Some websites, such as WebCampus and MyNevada, require popups to function properly. If you are on a secure and trusted site you can disable Adblock temporarily in order to access the legitimate popup windows.
To download Adblock, do the following:
Adblock is available for the major web browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox).
Use Malware Removal Software
Malware removal software can help to eradicate malware from your computer. One common and popular malware removal tool called Malwarebytes allows you to scan for and remove malware from your computer. For more information personal anti-malware programs, visit our Personal Antivirus webpage.
Manually Uninstall Malware and Adware Programs
Sometimes unwanted programs, such as adware, are bundled into free downloads from websites like CNET. If you notice a sudden increase in popups or strange web browser behavior, you may have contracted an adware or malware program. You can attempt to manually uninstall mal/adware programs by searching your list of programs to identify and uninstall unwanted programs.
Warning: There are many important programs on your computer which you can inadvertently uninstall. If you have any doubts about uninstalling a program, wait and consult with a knowledgeable source such as IT support.
To manually uninstall mal/adware, do the following:
For example, you may see a program with a suspicious name like AdClicker-AV.
Various websites keep collections of malware and adware program names. If the target program shows up in an online list of malware program names, you can bet that it’s an unwanted program.
Tip: Check the Installed On date of the program you suspect is adware. If the install-date of a suspicious program coincides with the start of your computer’s odd behavior, then the program is likely unwanted.
February 28, 2014
On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will end support for the Windows XP operating system.
The University of Nevada, Reno’s Information Technology department is actively working to upgrade all XP operating systems on campus.
We are aware of most XP computers on campus. However, if you have an XP machine, and don’t think we know about it, please contact IT Support.
December 16, 2013
To some e-mail is the lifeblood of their existence. To others, e-mail is an inconvenience that they are forced to use. However you use e-mail, there is always something that can be learned that will improve your performance (or give you extra time to deal with something more important). At the University of Nevada, there are many features of your @unr.edu e-mail account that can be discovered on the E-mail Training section of the IT site. These include:
November 20, 2013
Formatting documents can be a repetitive and time-consuming task. But by using a feature called styles in Microsoft Word you can speed up the process of formatting text. The styles feature in Word allows you to save text-formatting into easily applied presets. If you often apply formatting to text, such as indenting, spacing, and numbering, you can increase the efficiency of formatting by using styles. Styles reduce the number of keystrokes you use, because you can automatically apply desired formatting as opposed to manually applying it.
As an example, say you want to create subheadings in a document. You want the subheadings to be numbered, bold, and size 14 font. You could apply this formatting manually for each instance of a subheading you create. But, to be more efficient, you can create a style from the formatting and then simply click one button each time you want to apply the formatting saved in the style.
Here’s how to create a style:
So anytime you find yourself applying similar formatting over and over again in a document, remember that you can speed the process up by using styles. Create an example of the formatting you wish to use and save the formatting as a style. Then you can apply the saved formatting to any text simply by clicking the name of the custom style in the Style Pane.
Styles have many more benefits as well, such as integrating with Word templates and automatically updating all instances of a style when it’s changed. For more information, check out the Lynda.com videos about styles, which you can access for free as a University member.