Antivirus Software

LANDesk Kaspersky Antivirus currently does not yet support Windows 10. If you have LANDesk Kaspersky Antivirus installed on your computer, you may need to uninstall it before upgrading to Windows 10, or wait until they release an update to work for Windows 10. We will update this page when it is available. 

Symantec users may experience issues updating to Windows 10. We recommend uninstalling Symantec entirely before updating to Windows 10, then follow our recommendations below for what antivirus you should use.

The primary virus and spyware protection used on campus is Kaspersky Antivirus as a part of our new LANDesk Desktop Management suite for the University.

If you are a faculty or staff member with a UWG owned computer, you most likely already have LANDesk's Kaspersky Antivirus installed.

If you are a currently enrolled student at UWG, you can log into your myUWG portal and download Kasperky Antivirus for Windows or MacOS in the Software panel in the bottom right corner of the home page.

For personal computers not owned by a currently enrolled student, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.

To download/enable these security features on your computer, please follow these steps:

Windows 7 users:

**Ignore if you are using a UWG owned computer or are a currently enrolled student with access to LANDesk Kaspersky Antivirus**

Microsoft Security Essentials is recommended for any personal computer still running Windows 7. Be sure to uninstall any other anti-virus program you may be using before installing Microsoft Security Essentials.

Click here to download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows 8 and Windows 10 users:

**Ignore if you are using a UWG owned computer or are a currently enrolled student with access to LANDesk Kaspersky Antivirus**

Windows Defender is recommended for any personal computer running Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 when it becomes available, and is already included with the OS. If any other anti-virus software came with the computer, it must be uninstalled to enable Defender to start working.

How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8/8.1:

  1. First, head to the modern-style Start screen and type "Windows Defender" to have Windows search for the program, then click on the Windows Defender icon when it appears in the results.
  2. A Windows Defender window will appear on the classic desktop. If Microsoft's security software is disabled, you'll seen a red bar with an "At risk" warning and an image of a computer screen with a big X on it.
  3. Next, click on the Settings tab at the top of the window. Make sure "Real-time protection" is selected in the left pane, then check the box next to "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)."
  4. Finally, click Save Changes at the bottom of the Window.

The above image is how you want your Settings tab to look after turning on Windows Defender.

You'll know it worked when the red "At risk" bar at the top of the Windows turns green and switches to "PC Status: Protected."