Antivirus software is an essential tool in protecting your computer from malicious software that would otherwise infect your computer. Viruses can delete files, allow hackers to install additional software to take remote control of or cause your system to malfunction and crash. The list goes on, but, you get the picture I am sure.
Understandably, the University requires all computers connecting to its networks to have anti-virus software installed. If you already have antivirus software installed, that is great. For those of you who don't, the good news is that free anti-virus software packages are available from a number of major vendors. The University does not endorse any antivirus product over another.
For your convenience here is a short list of some popular free options for the Mac:
- The free Sophos Home Edition is available here: http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx
- Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac is available here: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-mac#tab1
- ClamXav for Mac is available here http://www.clamxav.com/
The above is not an exhaustive list so if you want, use your favorite search engine to find other free and paid antivirus products for the Mac.
For Windows 8 users, you already have the free Windows Defender antivirus software product built-in, so you are all set. For earlier versions of Windows here is a short list of popular free options:
- Microsoft Security Essentials is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/pc-security/mse.aspx
- AVG AntiVirus Free 2013 is available here: http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage
- ClamWin Free Antivirus is available here: http://www.clamwin.com/
Again, this is not an exhaustive list and other free and paid antivirus products can easily be found through a web search.
If you have questions about downloading and installing the software? Feel free to open a HelpDesk Request through the Housing Channel on MyUCDavis. One of our friendly student staff will be glad to help.