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The Center for Law and Computers
May 12, 2003

 A Message from the CLC Department:

To assure your experience at Chicago-Kent College of Law is a positive one, the Center for Law and Computers is available to assist you with your computer and technical questions and concerns. You can reach a member of our staff by calling (312) 906-5300 (6-5300 house phones)
or sending an email to We are located in suite 540 if you would like to stop by our offices.

FAQs and Help Links

Exams on Computers

Many professors offer students the option to take their exams on a computer instead of handwriting the exam. Students tend to prefer this method because they can type faster than handwrite and also have access to many of the word processing tools available on a computer.

Chicago-Kent requires special testing software called SofTest, which students use to take their exams. Essentially, it is a rudimentary word processor with special features to ensure stability, security and ample backups during the final exam.

If you are taking your final on your own notebook or if you want to have the program on your own computer at home to familiarize yourself with its features, then you need to install the SofTest program to your computer. You may not take your final in any other program. More information about installation will be available on the CLC Record page and at the Help Desk a couple weeks prior to exams, so watch for these notices.

Installation Instructions for SofTest

Chicago-Kent College of Law uses a special program, SofTest, for taking exams on computers. The advantage of using the SofTest program is that it increases the stability, security, and reliability of the exam taking process. Since adopting SofTest and its predecessor programs, we have experienced very few problems with lost exams or corrupted exam files.

If you are taking an exam on computer, you will write your exam using the word processing program built into SofTest. If you are taking the exam on your laptop, please note that you must not only download and install the SofTest program, but must also bring certain necessary hardware components to the exam.

Provided below is some important information about downloading and installing the software. The process is somewhat time-consuming, so please do not wait until the last minute. If you have any problems or questions, contact the Help Desk (Room 540; e-mail: HELPDESK; phone: 906-5300).

Please note that you MUST come to the exam with the SofTest program properly installed and configured. This includes fully completing the ";registration and qualification"; process on ExamSoft's web site. Additionally, you should bring the following hardware components with you:
(1) a power cord
(2) a network card
(3) a network cable
(4) a floppy disk drive
If you do not have the software properly installed, or are missing any necessary equipment, you will be required to hand write your exam.

Important Information about Downloading and Installing SofTest:

* In order to guarantee that SofTest will function properly on your computer, ExamSoft has implemented a software registration and qualification procedure as part of the SofTest download. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION/ QUALIFICATION PROCESS OR THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT FUNCTION ON EXAM DAY! You have not completed the process until you see “Registration Status: Complete” in the program’s first screen. Please read on for details.

* You should remove any prior versions of SofTest or other ExamSoft software from your computer before trying to install the new version. To do this, click on the Windows “Start” button -> “Settings” -> “Control Panel” ->"Add/Remove Programs," find “SofTest” and then follow the directions to uninstall it. Reboot your computer before proceeding after you perform this task.

* The process for obtaining and installing SofTest requires a number of steps to be performed online at ExamSoft's web site located at We recommend that you download and print out the instructions for this procedure as well as ExamSoft's list of frequently asked questions (FAQ's) at before you begin.

* To download the program, you will be required to provide a "Student ID." In the “Student ID” field, please enter the five-digit exam number previously e-mailed to you by the Registrar’s Office. This will be your Student ID number throughout the exams on computer testing process.

* YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ENTIRE DOWNLOAD/INSTALLATION PROCESS WHILE YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO THE CHICAGO-KENT NETWORK WITH YOUR C-K USER NAME! There are two reasons for this. First, your Chicago-Kent network account must have full permissions to do anything on your laptop. The easiest way to check that this is the case is to complete the entire download and installation process (including registration and qualification) while you are logged in to the Chicago-Kent network. Second, you must be able to access the file server drives on the Chicago-Kent network. If you can not properly log in to the Chicago-Kent network, you will not be able to open your exam files.

* Due to the requirement of accessing shared network drives, Windows XP Home Edition will not function for taking an exam on your laptop at Chicago-Kent.

* Due to the above mentioned permissions requirements, you can not borrow a laptop from a fellow student to take your exams.

You will receive a final registration confirmation by email containing your student ID, password, institution, and registration number if you completed the registration process successfully. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please stop by room 540 or call the Help Desk (312) 906-5300 for further assistance.


Taking your exam on a laptop -- New Guidelines

In order to take exams on your own laptop, you will have to download the SofTest software from the web. THE ENTIRE DOWNLOAD/INSTALLATION PROCESS MUST BE COMPLETED WHILE YOU ARE LOGGED IN TO THE CHICAGO-KENT NETWORK WITH YOUR C-K USER NAME!
  • Go to, click on the “Exam Takers” tab at the bottom of the page, and the click the “New User Signup” button.
  • On the following page, fill in the required information, select "Personal Computer," and then acknowledge the license agreement.
  • Lastly, click on the “Download and Install” link and follow the directions.

This is a new version of SofTest, so if you have a previous version already installed on your computer (even a version from last semester), you MUST uninstall the old version, and download and install the new version. Do not choose any upgrade options. See further information below.

Taking your exam on a lab computer-- New Guidelines

NEW THIS SEMESTER: If you are taking an exam on a computer lab desktop PC, you MUST log in with the user name "labexam". SofTest will not work on Lab PC's if you log in as yourself.

Although the program is simple to use, please spend a few minutes reviewing the SofTest tutorial materials that are located on the network. The tutorials are located at: F:\SpringExams\Tutorial\tutorial.exe. Just double click the file to begin the tutorials. You may also use SofTest to run a practice exam from any lab computer during the exam period (go to Start, Programs, SofTest; then click on the “Practice” button on the lower right of the screen). Just as on exam day, you will have to log into the Lab PC’s as “labexam” in order to take the practice test. Please contact the CLC Help Desk for the password.

Links to important computer exam instructions

Computer Lab Maintenance: May 7-9

The Center for Law and Computers will be conducting maintenance on all computer lab PC’s Wednesday, May 7th through Friday, May 9th. The work being done is necessary to make certain that all Lab PC’s have the proper software and configurations necessary for final exams. CLC staff members will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that only one computer lab is closed for maintenance at any given time.

Registration for exams starts April 28

Download SofTest – Registration and installation of SofTest opens Monday, April 28, 2003. Remember, when downloading the SofTest program, YOU MUST BE LOGGED INTO THE CHICAGO KENT NETWORK. Use Internet Explorer to connect to ExamSoft's web site to download the installation files for SofTest. ExamSoft requires that you use a version of Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater to download their software.

NOTE: Windows 98 or above provides a sufficient version of Internet Explorer to download the software.

Preparing your computer for Exams-General Computer Maintenance

Here are a couple of things you should do to keep your computer maintained.

1. Run SCANDISK on your computer; you can use ScanDisk to check your hard disk for logical and physical errors. ScanDisk can then repair the damaged areas. Start ScanDisk by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking ScanDisk. Be sure to select the option for a Thorough scan as opposed to the Standard scan. This may take 30-60 minutes to complete so please allow appropriate time.

For XP users open My Computer-> Right Click on the C: drive ->Click properties
->Click on the Tools tab, under Error-checking->Click Check now ->Check both the Check disk options and then click Start.

2. Run DISK DEFRAGMENTER on your computer; you can use Disk Defragmenter to rearrange files and unused space on your hard disk so that programs run faster. You can also start Disk Defragmenter by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Disk Defragmenter. The program may indicate that your hard drive is not significantly fragmented and does not need to be defragmented. It does not hurt your computer to do this even if you get this message. The more often you defragment your computer, the quicker it takes on a regular basis. NOTE: ALWAYS run ScanDisk on your computer before you run the Disk Defragmenter program.

3. Perform DISK CLEANUP on your computer; this will remove temporary internet files, items in the recycle bin etc, you can use this feature by clicking Start, pointing to Programs, pointing to Accessories, pointing to System Tools, and then clicking Disk Cleanup

4. Install Microsoft Windows and Office Updates and Service Packs - It is recommended that all users install the service packs and security patches provided by Microsoft.

To ensure that your system has the service packs and security updates visit the Microsoft website by opening the Internet Explorer, click Tools then Windows Updates. Click on the scan for updates link. On this page you will find “Critical updates,” “Windows updates,” and “Driver updates.” Click on “Critical updates” which will pull information on the service packs and patches required on your computer. Click the review and install link and proceed with the directions.

NOTE1: It is recommended that you only perform the Critical Updates.
NOTE2: Do not download the Windows and Drivers updates, service packs and patches if you are not sure what they will do to your system.

If you need assistance please visit the helpdesk in room 540, email, or call (312) 906-5300.

The truth about downloading and sharing music files

On April 3, 2003, Rensselaer students Aaron Sherman and Jesse Jordan, Michigan Technological student Joseph Nievelt, and Princeton student Daniel Peng had a law suit filed against them. What did they do? Something as simple as downloading and sharing music files. Now the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is seeking damages of $150,000 for each song file the defendants have on their Web site. Each student operated "Napsterlike systems" that made music files available to people on campus wide computer networks. Be cognizant and knowledgeable before this happens to you---downloading and sharing music and/or other types of copyrighted media files is illegal.

To learn more about this topic review the cases and terms below.

Terms: Copyright infringement, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Intellectual Property Rights, The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (The TRIPS Agreement).

o Recording Industry Association of America, v. Daniel Peng., Civil No. 03-1441 (SRC), filed Apr. 3, 2003. To see the complete document visit this website:

o Profile Publishing and Management Corp. APS v., Inc., 242 F.Supp.2d 363, S.D.N.Y. Jan 23, 2003.

o Recording Industry Association of America, v. Verizon Internet Services, No. CIV.A.02-MS 0323(JDB)., Jan. 21, 2003.

o A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004; 2001 Copr.L.Dec. P 28, 200; 57 U.S.P.Q.2d 1729; 1 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 1255; 2001 Daily Journal D.A.R., 1611; 9th Cir.(Cal.), Feb 12, 2001.

o Fonovisa v. Napster, Inc., 2002 WL 398676; N.D.Cal., Jan 28, 2002.

o Aimster Copyright Litigation, 2002 WL 31006142; 2002 Copr.L.Dec. P 28, 500; N.D.Ill., Sep 04, 2002.

Intellectual property rights and Chicago-Kent's reminder on ethical actions

The computer center would like to remind you that any unethical action on your part could be detrimental to your law school career. Please review the following guidelines to make sure you understand Chicago-Kent’s stance on the issues of file sharing and using University equipment for non-academic purposes.

Chicago-Kent Student Handbook -

Section XIX. Code of Conduct, Article II, Prohibited Conduct, §2-2 Nonacademic Misconduct, items (j) and (k) state:

“(j) Violating published university regulations, including regulations relating to entry and use of IIT facilities (see, for example, IIT Bulletins, the Chicago-Kent Bulletin and the Chicago-Kent Student Handbook, etc.)”

“(k) Violating federal, state, or municipal laws on university premises (or in university residence halls) in a way that adversely affects the functioning of the university”

IIT Computer Use Policy -

“Network users must not deliberately perform an act which will disrupt the normal operation of computers, terminals, peripherals, or networks. This includes, but is not limited to, tampering with components of a local area network (LAN) or the high-speed backbone network, otherwise blocking communication lines, or interfering with the operational readiness of a computer.“

“Network users must not run or install on any of IIT's computer systems, or give to another, a program which is intended to or likely to result in the eventual damage of a file or computer system and/or reproduction of itself. This includes, but is not limited to, the classes of programs known as computer viruses, bots, Trojan horses, and worms.”

IIT Definition of Unauthorized Use -

“Unauthorized use is an activity that adversely affects computer or network performance and/or is not recognized as being related to IIT's educational mission. It can even involve using IIT's system to break the law. Unauthorized use includes, but is not limited to port scanning, IP spoofing, network analysis, monitoring the network without permission, hacking into IIT servers and other off-campus servers, running traffic-generating applications that generate unnecessary network broadcast storms or drive large amounts of traffic to your computer and using illegal or copyrighted software images, applications, data, and music.”

Please Log Off All Lab PC's
Please remember to log off all computers in Labs 700, 760, and 900 when you have finished using them. If you “walk away” from the computer without logging off, anybody can sit down after you and read your e-mail or send e-mail messages as if they were you. They would also have full access to any of the files you have stored in your network H: drive.

Simply go to the Windows Start Menu and choose START -> Log Off or START -> Shut Down ->Restart. Either option will safely close your account’s current connection to the Chicago-Kent network.

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Standard monthly network maintenance reminder

The Center for Law and Computers will conduct regular monthly maintenance windows on the first Tuesday of every month (5a.m. - 7a.m. in the morning) for "Patch and\or Update" management on systems that need to be rebooted. The first scheduled monthly maintenance will occur next Tuesday, March 4th, from 5 a.m. to 7a.m.

Remember too that there may be "emergency" times when manufacturers release "critical" update patches that need to be installed immediately. The CLC will make every attempt to send out an announcement in advance when the "critical" updates need to be installed and systems rebooted (however, we cannot always guarantee advance notice since certain patches/updates need to be applied ASAP before a breach is made).

All network services including Internet access, email, webmail, network drives, and network printing will be down during the above scheduled time.

Maintenance will be conducted on the following days:

Tuesday, May 06, 2003
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Tuesday, October 07, 2003
Tuesday, November 04, 2003
Tuesday, December 02, 2003

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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A word about Recent Viruses, Worms and Trojans.

McAfee is our Virus scanning application that is used throughout Chicago-Kent. According to McAfee's web site there are more then 62,000 virus threats that exist and new ones are found everyday. Viruses and backdoor Trojans can cause major disruptions and financial loss. The Melissa, I love You, Goner, Code Red and many others have impacted many organizations to the point that even Microsoft had to turn off their e-mail systems until the virus could be contained. The newer forms of viruses (Backdoor Trojans) are even more devastating by actually giving someone else complete control of your computer and access to all the information stored on them.

There are things that you can do to protect your computer. You can protect yourself by running a full virus scan of all the files on your computer periodically. Ensuring that you have the latest updates from the vendor. Avoid programs from unknown sources (Internet and Email). Never open or double-click on an attachment that is from an unknown recipient.

The Center for Law and Computers posts Virus Updates to your computer desktop as they are released from the vendor or you can access them directly from McAfeeĆs web site when connected to the internet through the virus application. An ounce of protection will go a long way in ensuring that your documents and computer are virus free.

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Note: the latest DAT file as of 05/12/03 - is sdat4261

Computer Specification
The Center for Law and Computers Computer Specifications

Pentium IV (or Pentium III equivalent) 800 or up MHz processor
2 PC Card/Card Bus Slots: network card (notebook only)
20GB or greater Hard Drive
3.5" Floppy Drive
CD-ROM Drive or DVD-ROM Drive
10/100 Ethernet Card (notebook only)
*NOTE* Windows XP home edition will not work with our network
56K modem
Sound Card to support RealPlayer (or RealPlayer equivalent) feed
17" monitor with .28mm dot pitch (desktop only)
12" Active Matrix or TFT display (notebook only)

Pentium III (or Pentium II equivalent) 500 or up MHz processor
Available PC Card/Card Bus Slots: network card (notebook only)
10GB or up Hard Drive
3.5" Floppy Drive
CD-ROM Drive
10/100 Ethernet Card (notebook only)
Windows 98
56K modem
Sound Card to support RealPlayer (or RealPlayer equivalent) feed
14" or 15" color monitor .28mm dot pitch (desktop only)

If you have a computer that nearly meets the minimum requirements and is extremely costly to upgrade, please call the Center for Law and Computers at (312) 906-5300, so that we can assist you in determining the best solution for both short and long-term needs.

A Word About Microsoft Operating Systems

Beginning with Windows ME in calendar year 2000, Microsoft began implementing a strategy of tailoring certain versions of their Windows operating systems specifically toward consumer markets. Windows ME and certain future versions of the Windows operating system include multimedia and "ease of use" features that are designed to make the use of a Windows based computer a more engaging experience in the home.

While this may sound enticing, it is important to realize that the "consumer" versions of Windows are not designed to exist in a corporate network environment like that at Chicago-Kent. In fact, the "consumer" version of Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows XP Home Edition, does not include any capability to connect to corporate networks.

So where does this leave you? At the time of these specifications writing, the Center for Law and Computers recommends Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional (Professional being the KEY word here) as the best all-around operating systems for new notebook computer purchases. If neither is available, then Windows 98 would be the next best choice followed by Windows ME as a last option. For students who already own a notebook, any edition of Windows 98 along with Windows 2000 Professional and XP Professional can be configured to connect to the Chicago-Kent network. Existing Windows ME notebooks can be configured to connect to the network through some additional work by computer support staff. Desktop users are encouraged to remain with the operating system that is presently on their PC.

A word about MS Windows XP

On October 25, 2001, Microsoft released the newest version of their Windows operating system called Windows XP. This new operating system comes in two distinct editions: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Please be aware that while Windows XP Home Edition can connect to the Internet, it can not in any way be made to connect to corporate networks such as the Chicago-Kent LAN. A computer running the Home Edition of Windows XP will not be able to access network printers, network drives such as H: home directories, and e-mail via Microsoft Outlook.

It is for these reasons that the Center for Law and Computers recommends that anyone purchasing a new machine positively confirm the operating system with their vendor. Computers that are available only with Windows XP pre-installed should only be purchased if it is Windows XP Professional, NOT Windows XP Home Edition.

Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Professional continue to be fully compatible with the Chicago-Kent network.

As always, please feel free to contact the CLC Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns.

Email and Network Accounts:

A Chicago-Kent email account is setup for you. Your username will be your first initial and last name, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. Jane Student = jstudent) and your initial password will be the last six digits of your Social Security Number, no punctuation or spaces (i.e. 999999).

Remove unnecessary files on Network

The Center for Law and Computers provides access to the Network for Chicago-Kent students, faculty, and staff in support of the educational mission of the university. In recent months we have noticed an increase in the amount of personal storage space being consumed on our network. As we continue to maintain and scan the network drives we are noticing numerous occurrences of non-educational types of materials (i.e., MP3, .wav, .mov, .avi). We understand that there are occasions when storing these types of files on the network for educational use is legitimate.

As you may well be aware, the recent court decisions potentially makes us liable if members of our community engage in infringing activity. As a reminder to all students, a portion of the IIT Computer Use Policy states, "Network users must abide by the terms of all software licensing agreements and copyright laws, and may not make copies of or make available on the network copyrighted material, unless permitted by a license. Network users must not perform acts which are deliberately wasteful of computing resources or which unfairly monopolize resources to the exclusion of others..." The complete Computer User Policy can be found at:

When you save and store large music, image, video, or other types of non-educational related material on the network it increases the time it takes for system backups and virus scanning; the large downloads also consume unnecessary bandwidth. Please be considerate of your colleagues and remove or transfer to your laptop ALL files in violation. If files are not removed, the Center for Law and Computers is authorized by the administration to permanently remove them for you.

We ask that you purge all unnecessary messages and files as often as possible from your network and email accounts to help us preserve space on the C-K server. As a reminder, in Outlook mail, you must delete messages from your "Deleted Messages" folder for them to be permanently removed from the mail server. It is also a good maintenance procedure to delete any unneeded messages in the "Sent" folder.

Changing Your Password:

To select a new password:

Access Webmail ( from your Internet browser, (i.e. Internet Explorer)

Select the option CHANGE PASSWORD

When prompted, enter your username, password and desired new password when successfully completed, you will receive the message PASSWORD SUCCESSFULLY CHANGED

Your new password takes effect immediately and will give you access to your email account and network files.

Password Security:

Password protection is one of the most important principles of network and e-mail security. Chicago-Kent College of Law provides access to network and electronic mail resources to its students, faculty, and staff, in support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. Passwords are assigned for access to both of these resources to authenticate a user's identity, to protect network users, and to provide security.

New passwords will be provided, and existing passwords will be reset, only when the identity of the requester can be clearly established.

  • Under no circumstances will new or existing passwords be revealed by telephone.
  • The Center for Law and Computers staff will be pleased to handle requests made in one of the following ways:

    1. Requests may be made in person at the Help Desk, Room 540. Photo identification is required.

    2. Requests may be faxed to Center for Law and Computers at (312) 906- 5165. The fax must include photo identification and signature.

If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Help Desk at (312) 906-5300

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CLC Main Office (Help Desk): Room 540

Technical Support Help Desk Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (312) 906-5300
Fax: (312) 906-5165

Obtaining Microsoft Office 2000 Professional Edition and FrontPage:

The Center for Law and Computers has MS Office 2000 Professional Edition and FrontPage available for purchase at a discounted educational use rate. The disks can be purchased at the Help Desk in Room 540. Each student is allowed to purchase only one copy for the price of $25.50. Please bring your student or other photo ID with you to purchase a set.

Printing on KENTNET

The Center for Law and Computers has implemented print accounting software which allows you to:

1. Send print jobs to queue -- This feature allows you to send print jobs to the print station at the front of each lab where they are held in queue until you release them. In addition, you are able to send multiple print jobs to the queue and they are held until you release them at the print station.

2. You are able to check the balance of your print account -- This feature allows you to look at the number of copies you have remaining for the term (note: each student is allotted 400 pages per semester; additional pages beyond the 400 are billed at $.05 per page)

Your 400 page limit is reset at the beginning of each semester.


  1. Make sure you have sent your print job to the print station by confirming that your username is shown in the Select Print job username dialogue box.
  2. Double click your username with the mouse to bring up network password entry box.
  3. Enter your NETWORK PASSWORD. Highlight job(s) to print and click the PRINT button on the top left of the program window.

The release station will release all print jobs sent under your username. When your print jobs are listed you have the opportunity to delete them before actually sending them to print.


  • The printer may take a few minutes to warm up if not recently used.
  • You can check your page balance at the workstation you are logged on to by double clicking on the dollar sign icon ( $ ) on the bottom right of your screen.
  • After clicking this icon you will see a balance screen.
  • If the printer says toner low and the "READY" button is not lit, push the "GO" button so it is lit to continue to print. E-mail helpdesk ONLY when your print job becomes faded. You will be credited for any pages printed light due to low toner.

If you have questions, please email or call 906-5300.


The principle printers in the KENTNET system are Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 8000N Printers. There is one printer in each lab 700, 760 and 900 that is set up as the default printer when you sign on in that lab.

Individual Student Printing Accounts:

Each student receives 400 pages of printing per semester. Any printing past 400 pages will be charged to your student printing account at .05 per page. You must settle your student account with the Bursar's Office before receiving your 400 page allotment for the following semester. Students with outstanding balances will have their Kentnet accounts deactivated until the balance is paid. Graduating students with a delinquent printing balance will not receive their diplomas until the accounts are paid in full.

If you print work for a faculty member, you must print out a detailed balance and have the faculty member sign for their pages. Present the signed balance sheet to the Help Desk in the Center for Law and Computers (Room 540). Your print account will be credited accordingly.

Print jobs that are sent to the Document Center printer (9th floor-library) require payment when picked up.

Please report any problems with printers or printing to the Help Desk by Email: or in house phone number 6-5300.

Virus Scanning Instructions

It Is Critical to Update Your Virus Detection Software Regularly:

As always, it is a good idea to update the virus protection software on your personal computer periodically to catch any new viruses lurking out there in cyber world Since we have a volume license to McAfee Virus Scan, each student, faculty and staff should have a copy of this software on his/her computer. (It is free to C-K students so...No excuse not to have it!)

The Center for Law and Computers takes a proactive stance in trying to eradicate viruses by cleaning them as they come through our servers, we cannot protect each individual PC. We are asking that you also be proactive to ensure that your PC does not become infected.

Because there are new virus outbreaks DAILY, we want to stress the importance of having the latest virus protection software and updated virus definition (.DAT) files. We'd also like to remind you that regular virus scans of all drives (weekly, if possible) are necessary in order to detect and clean any viruses so they are not sent to friends and/or colleagues.

Chicago-Kent is licensed for and supports McAfee Virus Scan from Network Associates. According to information on their web site, there are over 50,000+ viruses out there and the potential for damage is continuous. We here at the Center for Law and Computers want to make sure you have the best possible protection for your PC. Please follow the manual instructions below to install the latest virus definition updates (.DAT files) for your McAfee software.

Manual Instructions:

FIRST: Check to see that you have a recent version of the virus scanning software on your computer.

You can do this by clicking on the small blue and red "VShield" icon in the lower right corner of your screen with the right mouse button. When you do, a small menu will pop up. Select the "About" choice in this menu by clicking on it once with the left mouse button.

After clicking "About" you will get a box that displays several numbers. There are two important numbers that you should be concerned with. The first number is in boldface and located next to the phrase "McAfee Virus Scan" toward the top of the box's gray area. This number tells you what version of the Virus Scan product or "engine" you are running. You should be running some version of 4.x. Any version of 3.x is too old and should be updated to a later version, please call the Help Desk to schedule an update. The second number you should be concerned with in the "About" box is the number next to the phrase "Virus definitions." The last four digits of this number tell you the version of the ".DAT" you are running. As an example, the picture below is from a PC that is running version 4.0.3 of the Virus Scan product (engine) and version 4115 of the virus definitions (.DAT files).

SECOND: Install the latest virus definition updates on your computer.


These procedures may force a reboot of your computer. In order to avoid loss of data, close all programs except Outlook before completing any of the following steps.

While signed on to the C-K network, run the update with the following three steps:

  • Find the icon called "virus updates" on your desktop

  • Double click the icon a box will appear as seen below

  • Double click on the "globe" that will begin with the letters sdat

  • Another box will appear that will guide you through the update process

    Or you can update the dat by following steps below
  • Click on "Run" in the Start Menu
  • Click on the Windows "Start Menu" in the lower left hand side of your screen.
  • Click on "Run" in the Start Menu.
  • In the space next to the word "Open:" enter the following text,
    P:\Virus\Network\SDAT-Latest.lnk (that's a lower case "l" n k not an upper case "I" n k)
  • While signed on to the C-K network, run the update with the following three steps:
  • Double Click on the folder named VirusUpdates located on your Desktop.
  • Double Click on the file sdatXXXX.exe. Where XXXX is the number of the dat file.

Once the "SuperDat" update program starts, click on "Next."

You may be prompted to restart your computer.

THIRD: Run a virus scan on your PC.

  • Click on the "Start Menu" button.
  • Click on "Programs.
  • Click on "Network Associates" or " McAfee Virus Scan."
  • Drop down to "Virus Scan.
  • A window will open that gives you options to run a virus scan on your drives.
  • Click on "Where & What" tab.
  • Make sure "Include subfolders" box is checked and click the radio button next to "All files."
  • Click on "Action" tab.
  • Click on down arrow and select "Clean infected files automatically.
  • Click "Scan now."

This will begin the scanning process. It will check all the files on the drive you designated. It may take a few minutes to several hours depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files you have. Your patience will pay off, remember you will be preventing problems in the future.

Note: The above procedures can be used in the future to update your .DAT files.

A great source for additional information about viruses is the Network Associates site:

As always, if you have questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to contact the help desk at (312) 906-5300.

Email Stations:

The Email stations located throughout the building are intended to allow students convenient and quick access to Email and the Record. Please be considerate to your fellow students when using these stations. If you want to compose many or long messages, or browse the Internet at length, please use one of the 3 computer labs in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.

Computer Labs

Lab 900 is on the ninth floor of the library at the west end of the building and has 12 computers. Turn left when you enter the library through the ninth floor entrance. The printer for the ninth floor lab is in Room 986, in the corner of the area.

Lab 700, the large, glass-walled room on the seventh floor of the library, is the largest lab, with 30 computers. This lab is sometimes used for larger research classes and it is always used for exams. LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW representatives conduct office hours in Lab 700. The schedule of their office hours will be posted weekly in the Record. They can help you with online research questions.

Lab 760, also on the seventh floor of the library, is equipped with 20 computers. It is often used for research classes.

From time to time, the law school schedules classes or exams in the labs. When this occurs, a sign will be posted outside the door of the lab. Please be considerate and use one of the other labs during these scheduled activities.

If you have any problems getting onto KENTNET from any computer, call the CLC at extension 6-5300 from any black house phone located between the public telephones on every floor.


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