All computers (Mac, PC, and Linux) are susceptible to viruses, spyware, and malware. It is important to protect your computer from potential viruses by installing an antivirus program. 

There are free and paid antivirus products available. Paid antivirus products often have annual renewal fees. Here are our recommended free antivirus programs:

Windows

Malwarebytes

Microsoft Defender

Note: Microsoft Defender comes built-in to Windows 8.1 and 10. All other antivirus software, including trial versions, must be removed in order for Microsoft Defender to monitor your computer.

Macintosh

Malwarebytes

Sophos Home - We recommend the free version of Sophos Home. 

Linux

ClamAV

Disclaimer: All software listed above are licensed and supported separately by third-party companies. The software listed here are recommendations and the owner of the computer is responsible for determining which software best suits their security needs.

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Last updated: 
July 23, 2020
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