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Why you need Anti-virus Software:

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

OSU Recommended Anti-virus Software:

Oregon State has made a recommendation for the Windows and Mac computers below (you may use other anti-virus software while on campus). 

For Microsoft Windows computers, we recommend the Windows Defender/Security Essentials anti-virus. It provides browsing protection and daily scans of your computer to continually protect it. To install the software please follow the provided instructions.

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.

Other Anti-Malware Software:

If you are already infected or believe that you have an infection and your main anti-virus software is not finding anything, Oregon State recommends that you use some proven effective options for advanced scanning of your computer.

Alternatively, you can jsut bring your computer into the Service Desk or call OCH. Their information can be found below:

Walkup Serivce Desk

Oregon State Computer Helpdesk

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