Computer Tips

How to disable simple file sharing?

  • Click Start -> My Computer
  • On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab
  • In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box
  • Click OK

For more information, please refer to Microsoft’s web support: HOW TO: Disable Simplified Sharing and Password-Protect a Shared Folder in Windows XP.

How to Prevent Virus?

    • Install Anti-Virus tool. F-Secure Anti-Virus is available for HKUST users to install on your computer which can help you to detect and fix virus problems.


    • Update Virus Definition regularly. New viruses appear almost everyday. Besides installing the latest anti-virus program, users are highly recommended to update the Virus Definition on a regular basis, say at least on a weekly basis. For details.


Good Practice

It is very difficult to guarantee a 100% virus-free working environment. Apart from the requirement of knowing how to detect and handle viruses, followings are some guidelines on preventing viruses :

    • Despite anti-virus protection in place, it is a rule of thumb NOT to open email attachment unless you expect to receive it. There is always a possibility that the attachments might contain new virus that the anti-virus software is not able to detect it at all.
    • Avoid provide file shares to others. Apply strong password policy if it is unavoidable. If you are using Windows XP, disable the simple file sharing.
    • Apply strong password to protect you machine. Do not leave administrator password blank or assigning trivial password with your Windows machine.
    • Avoid referring, storing or copying files (programs and documents) from unknown or untrusted source such as download from Internet or email attachments received from friends.


    • Consider to save a file in ASCII or RTF format when sharing your documents with others to reduce the risk of transmitting macro viruses.


  • Backup essential data files periodically.

Anti-Virus in Campus

To get a trail antivirus and or buy an antivirus which is verified by Microsoft, Please visit the link below;

The above link is dedicated to Windows 7 users only, however the antivirus listed on the link supports all Microsoft OS platforms.

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