Malicious Content Filtering

Background

In order to provide additional protection against malware (viruses, Trojans, etc.), phishing, and other malicious content on the Internet, Emory blocks web pages and downloads that are known to include malicious content.

FAQ

What this means

If you attempt to visit a website or download a file that is known to contain malicious content it will be blocked automatically. Instead of visiting the site or downloading the file you will receive a warning message letting you know that the content was blocked. Samples of the warning messages are displayed below.

Download Blocked Web Site Block

What is malicious content?

Malicious content can mean many things, but in general it means documents or programs that are infected with viruses, web sites that attempt to infect your computer with a virus, or web sites that attempt to solicit sensitive personal information from you (phishing sites).

Will this prevent my computer from getting viruses?

No. Our hope is that this change will reduce the number of infected computers on Emory's network, but it can’t be guaranteed to block all malicious content that you may encounter online.

Do I still need antivirus software on my computer?

Yes! Malicious content filtering compliments antivirus software but is by no means a replacement for it.

What if I believe that something legitimate was blocked?

While it should be rare that non-malicious content is blocked, nothing is error proof. If you feel that a site or download was blocked mistakenly, please call the University Service Desk at 404-727-7777.  Someone will investigate the block and remove it if the content is determined to be safe.

Is Emory blocking content that the institution finds objectionable or controversial?

No, downloads and websites are not blocked because of topical content. They are blocked because they are known to house content which may harm your computer. Users of the Emory Healthcare's Virtual Desktop should note that Emory Healthcare does perform filtering of topical content in Virtual Desktop sessions.