Antivirus Software


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.

For home and personal use, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.

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

Windows 7 users:

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 users:

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."