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Antivirus Software


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 ClamXAV as it provides a built in scheduler, a sentry feature for monitoring specific folders on an active basis, and it is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and later. To install the software please follow the provided instructions.

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.

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