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Recommended Software

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At OSU, we have made some recommendations below which cover the most common thigns you'll need while on campus. These include anti-virus protection, microsoft office, secure shell, and other applications.


OSU Anti-virus Protection

OSU has made a set of recommended software that you should use to protect your computer while you are at campus. 

Windows 7 & 8: Microsoft Defender / Microsoft Security Essentials

Mac OS X: Sophos


Oregon State does not have a site license for any anti-malware programs, but there are some free programs available for download that have proven effective for some of the campus helpdesks (e.g.- Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware).

Click HERE to watch the tutorial about running a virus scan with Malwarebytes.


Web Browsers

We have a couple of guides that cover the basic web browsers and how to use them. As you come to campus we recommend that you use either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome but almost any browser will work properly at our University.

General web browser tips and tricks can be found here: http://oregonstate.edu/helpdocs/security-and-technology/recommended-software/web-browsers 



OSU provides a licensed copy of StatGraphics to students who need it for free. You can find more information about it at this link.

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