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Northwest Missouri State University


Personal Computers

All computers connected to the Northwest network are required to have current Anti-Virus software installed and enabled if they are connected to the Northwest network. Microsoft Forefront or Symantec (Norton AntiVirus) is recommended. All computers are also required to have their operating systems (OS) latest security and service pack updates

Information Technology does provide assistance with the wireless configuration of personally-owned, non-university provided computers for connection to the Northwest network.

Hardware support [repair] is strictly limited to the residence hall port for personally-owned computers.


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 Getting Connected (MAC OS Configuration)

Information Technology does not provide detailed instructions for configuring MAC OS computers to the Northwest network for two reason:  1.) Northwest's official operating system is Windows and 2.) MAC computers typically do not have difficulty successfully connecting to the Northwest network.

Basic Steps to Connecting to the Northwest Network with a MAC OS:

Note:  If you cannot get on the Northwest network after doing the above, leave the MAC connected to the NW_Secure wireless network and it will typically, eventually connect successfully.  The process may take up to an hour, so make sure you are using your computer's electrical cable and not just the battery.


AVG Anti-Virus and Internet Security

Anti-Virus software is provided on University Notebook Computers.  However, you will need to provide, install and update Anti-Virus software on all personally-owned computers connecting to the Northwest Network.  Not having updated Anti-Virus software (when using the Northwest Network) is a violation of campus computing policies.

AVG is one anti-virus software available for puchase.  While Northwest does not endorse AVG, here is the link to AVG for your convenience.

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Need Help?

If you have questions about the new student Outlook Live accounts, please view the Outlook Live Frequently Asked Questions web page.  You can also call the Information Technology - Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634.