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Adobe Acrobat
Many files in Blackboard Learn are in pdf format and require a pdf reader in order to view. Adobe Acrobat is a free download that is available for most computer platforms.

Providing Office 365 ProPlus - No Cost to Students
Starting in the Fall of 2014, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system is offering free copies of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to all active Community College students via the Microsoft Student Advantage program.
Available to students for download on up to 5 computers at a time during the length of their educational career, copies can be downloaded directly from Office365.  Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus includes full versions of Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word in both 32bit and 64bit versions.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions for Office 365 for more information

Virus Protection Software

Students are strongly encouraged to have virus protection software installed on their computer. Any infected files that are uploaded to the Blackboard Learn servers will be deleted automatically to prevent the spread of infection.

Spyware & Adware Removers

If you are being redirected to an unexpected page (search page) after logging into myCommNet you most likely have spyware on your computer. You can remove this by running one of the programs mentioned below.

Please remember you must keep your spyware and adware removal software up to date just like virus removal software!

Spybot Search and Destroy
Free, Download & Install

Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner
Free, Download & Install, also has some great online information.

Doxdesk Parasite Check
Free, Runs from the web

Simslice Parasite Check
Free, Runs from the web.

Free, Download & Install. Removes some spyware.

Free, Download & Install. Will remove most adware and some spyware.


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