Why Do I Need Anti-virus Software on My Computer?
In order to protect the campus computing environment, users should have anti-virus software installed on their computers. Malware, such as ransomware, can destroy important data, compromise security, and halt business processes.
Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes come installed on all campus Windows computers. Malwarebytes is also deployed on all campus Mac and Windows computers. If you are having problems with Microsoft Defender or Malwarebytes, please contact Information Technology.
Students, faculty, and staff should have anti-virus installed on their personal computers.
Microsoft offers Windows Defender with any installation of Windows 10 and 11.
For Mac computers, you can download and install the free version of Malwarebytes.
Keeping Anti-virus Software Up-To-Date
Virus definitions are what anti-virus software use to recognize malware on your computer. Since new malware is released almost daily, it is important to regularly update your anti-virus software to keep virus definitions up-to-date.
Campus computers are configured to update their anti-virus software at regular intervals. It is recommended you set your personal computer to automatically update its anti-virus software.
Most anti-virus software will allow you to schedule weekly or monthly scans. By scheduling scans at regular intervals, you better protect yourself from new viruses.
Campus computers are configured to scan at regular intervals, and it is recommended you configure your personal computer to do the same.