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Inspector Now Required for All Student-Owned Windows Computers

This news item expired September 20, 2010. It may contain out-of-date information.
This fall, every student computer that runs Windows 7, Vista, or XP will be required to run Computer Inspector, an application that performs a series of tests on Windows computers to determine if they have any security vulnerabilities before they can connect to the campus network. In previous years this requirement was restricted to students who lived in the residence halls, but that restriction is being lifted.

If you have previously run Inspector on your computer AND have connected to the campus network within the past 60 days, you will not need to run it again.

We have also introduced a ’three strikes“ program to reduce the impact of mandatory inspections on students. You will be prompted to install and run Inspector the first time you register their computer on the network. If your computer fails the first time, you will be provided with a list of failures as well as solutions for resolving them, but you will be allowed to use the network for one week, after which you must run Inspector again. This process is repeated twice. After the third failure, your computer will be blocked from the network until you've resolved the failures.

Following are a few steps you can take to make sure your computer passes its inspection:
  • Set a strong password on every account
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date, reputable antivirus installed and that automatic updates are enabled. ISU students can download McAfee VirusScan and AntiSpyware for free
  • Install the most recent service packs and hot fixes
  • Turn on your Windows automatic updates
  • Turn off file sharing

If you have questions about Inspector or need help getting your computer on the network, contact the Solution Center at or at 515-294-4000.