Why should I use anti-virus software?

Anti-virus software helps the university fight virus threats, protects the network, desktops and even remote desktop and laptop computers from the latest viruses. Protecting your computer means that you can lower the risk of attacks and threats.

What anti-virus software is available?

For University-owned Computers

The university has licensed System Center Endpoint Protection for use on university-owned computers. Installation guides are available:

For Personally-owned Computers

For personally-owned computers, there are a number of free anti-virus software products that are available for your use.

  • Windows - We recommend the use of the free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus software. See the Microsoft Security Essentials webpage for more information and to download the software.
  • Mac - We recommend the use of the free, Sophos-provided anti-virus software for use on Mac computers. See the Sophos Antivirus for Mac webpage for more information and to download the software. Note: This is different from the version previously provided by the university.

What else can I do?

Consider Anti-Malware/Desktop Firewalls

Anti-malware/anti-spyware software can detect and remove things that anti-virus software may not.

  • Critical software components - Ensure your anti-virus and anti-malware application is installed and checking for updates.
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Apply Security Updates and Patches

Keep your operating system and applications up to date by regularly installing updates and patches. This is one of the best defenses against malware and malicious software. See your operating system's website for details (Windows, Mac).

Take IT Security Awareness Training

Online information security training is available to all members of the university community. The training modules take you through best practices for how to protect your personal information and contribute to a safe information technology environment for the university.