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Why you need Antivirus Software:

Antivirus is a requirement while you are at the university as it is part of the Acceptable Use of University Computing Resources agreement. Antivirus software is a program designed to protect your computer from computer viruses. Antivirus software protects your computer’s sensitive data, which includes but is not limited to, personal information, browsing history, and credit cards.

I have another anti-virus program. Can I use both and get extra protection?

No. You will need to uninstall your current anti-virus program or not install our recommendations. Installing both programs simultaneously will cause problems and can make your computer unusable. If you have already installed both, try to uninstall the last one you installed. If your computer isn't bootable, call OSU Computer Helpdesk at 737-3474 and we'll try to help you get it working again over the phone or in person at the Service Desk.

OSU Recommended Antivirus Software:

University-owned Devices:

OSU is site-licensed for Microsoft SCEP antivirus software on both Windows and Mac OS. If you are not sure whether your OSU-owned device has antivirus software installed, please contact your desktop support team. 

Personally-owned Devices:

For Microsoft Windows computers, we recommend the Windows Defender/Security Essentials antivirus, which is free to use on personal devices. It provides browsing protection and daily scans of your computer to continually protect it.

For Apple Mac OS X computers, we recommend Avira as it is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and later. Avira can be found here

Warning: installing Avira on an already infected machine may cause issues involving your computers web browsers. If you suspect your machine is already infected do not install Avira; give us a call or bring it to the service desk. Avira is to be used as a preventative service to keep your machine clean, not to clean an already infected machine.  

Another option for Mac OS X is Sophos.

Other Anti-Malware Software:

If you are already infected or believe that you have an infection and your main antivirus software is not finding anything, Oregon State University recommends that you use some proven effective options for advanced scanning of your computer. Keep in mind that an anti-malware program is different than an anti-virus program; these two types of programs can generally run alongside eachother and not cause the same issue as two anti-virus programs installed on the same computer. 

Alternatively, you may bring your computer to the Service Desk walk-up or call for assistance: IS Service Desk

Need help?

Contact the Service Desk at 541-737-8787

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