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Antivirus and Malware Software



All computers used for University Business, regardless of ownership, must use anti-virus or anti-malware software to prevent infection from malware. 


The University provides anti-virus and/or anti-malware products for most University owned computers.  Contact your department tier one or the IT Service Desk for information about the current university provided anti-virus products that are appropriate for a university owned computer. 


For personally-owned computers, owners should utilize one of the many free or paid anti-virus and anti-malware tools available for your operating system.


Here are links to some of those solutions, but users should consult their device manufacter or system documentation for compatibility.  Also, users are advised to update the software frequently and perform virus/maleware scans often to further ensure your computer is protected!



See recommendations at https://www.apple.com/macos/security/.


Some third-party software is also available:

  • Avast (Click For Home > Mac > Free Mac Security)
  • Bitdefender (Home > Free Antivirus (under TOOLBOX) > Mac OS)
  • Kaspersky (download from the App Store)
  • Sophos


Windows OS

See recommendations at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/default.aspx

Some third-party software is also available:


In addition to these applications, a good anti-malware solution like SuperAntiSpyware is offered for the PC and MalwareBytes is offered for the Mac. 


Note: You can only use one (1) anti-virus application at a time (remove the current application before installing a new one). However, you can have an anti-virus plus an anti-malware application installed together. These two will work in concert to offer you better protection for your system.


Whichever application you choose, understand that none of them can completely safeguard your data. It’s up to you to keep your system protected by being wary of any suspicious emails or downloads. Also, routinely backup your data!