ESET Virus/Malware Protection

NOTE: The College's license with ESET will expire on June 30, 2020, and the virus definitions on any ESET installation that uses the College's license will cease to update. By that time you should make other arrangements to protect your personally-owned computers from viruses. The College is transitioning to CrowdStrike for anti-virus protection but will not license it for home use.


The College licenses ESET Antivirus/Anti-malware software for protection against viruses, spyware, potentially harmful and unwanted applications and other types of malware. ESET comes pre-installed on all College computers. Students may download ESET for use on one computer. Each current employee (Faculty and Staff) may download ESET for use on one computer per person for work at home use. 

ExBlock Spam Filtering

The IT Systems & Network Group (SNG) performs automated spam monitoring and filtering on Amherst email mailboxes. If the system thinks an email is spam, it adds the notation {SPAM?} to the subject line of suspected spam message. You can then set up rules and filters in your email account to automatically deal with message so labelled.

Automatic filtering isn't foolproof, and some spam and other problem emails will still arrive in your inbox without the {SPAM} label. To help you deal with these emails, we offer ExBlock, which lets you easily label a message as spam so that in future, other messages from the same sender can be dealt with automatically.

CrashPlan Data Backup

CrashPlanPROe is a cloud-based backup solution that keeps a secure copy of your data. You can then access this copy to restore your data if your hard disk crashes or if your computer is lost or stolen.

CrashPlan is licensed for College-owned computers only. You can't install it on personally-owned computers.

CrashPlan backs up the user directory--the place where all your files and personal settings are stored--on Windows and Macintosh computers. It does not back up system files or application programs. In the event you suffer a catostrophic failure (crash, loss, or theft) of your College-owned computer, Amherst IT would first replace the computer; you could then restore your data from the CrashPlan backup.