Software Glitch Shuts Down Santa Fe College Computers
Around 9 a.m. Santa Fe College officials started getting complaints about computer problems around campus. The news led to the shut down of all campus PCs. Several hours later Information Technology officials confirmed the problems were due to a McAfee Antivirus software update that labeled a normal file as a virus. That caused computers with the Microsoft XP operating system to reboot repeatedly.
"It seems to have impacted only our administrative computing systems," said Ed Bonahue, interim provost at SFC. "It impacted people's desktop computes."
Around 1300 computers were affected. Sana Fe officials said their email system, web server, and registration system were not impacted. The problem was also seen across the rest of the country at places like police stations and hospitals.
Crews spent the say going from building to building uploading a software patch that's supposed to fix the glitch. Officials said it could be several days before all computers run normally again.
Students like Ray Lall said the shut down couldn't have come at a worse time. The semester ends Friday and finals week begins April 26.
"I was supposed to pull up a take home test that was due today," said Lall. "Couldn't do that. Just kinda ruined my whole day actually."
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