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

There are a wide range of free and paid antivirus products available. Paid antivirus products often have annual renewal fees. Here are a few examples of free antivirus programs:

Note: Some users have reported issues with Avast! antivirus blocking Java for Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. If you use Blackboard Collaborate, ITS recommends using one of the free options below to avoid conflicts.


Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 have a built in virus protection software called Windows Defender

All other antivirus software, including trial versions must be removed in order for Windows Defender to monitor your computer.



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October 12, 2016