Oregon State University

Antivirus Software

OSU is switching anti-virus software and our license for Symantec will not be renewed starting August 31st, 2014.


What this means to you:

  • You will need to uninstall any Symantec Antivirus Software that you have installed from Oregon State University. This means that home use computers and departmental computers will no longer be running this software. How to uninstall Symantec Antivirus.
  • We have recommendations for replacement software for Windows and Mac.


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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