Viruses

Viruses are malicious programs. The term computer virus typically refers to programs that replicate and spread, although some use it to refer to any malware—adware, spyware, ransomware, and so on—that can damage your computer or compromise your account.

To protect your devices from viruses, install and run anti-virus software and set it to update automatically. Beware of attempts to trick you into revealing passwords and other personal information that can be used to access your devices or accounts. For details, see Phishing & Suspicious Email.

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Windows Anti-Virus Software

For your personally owned computer

Windows 10

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 10 and enabled by default. Windows Defender Quick Start Guide.

Windows 8

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 8. Windows Defender Quick Start Guide.

Windows 7/Vista

Use Microsoft Security Essentials.

Microsoft Security Essentials is not for use on university-owned computers.

For your university-owned computer

MiWorkspace Computers

MiWorkspace-managed computers come with anti-virus software already installed.

Other University-Owned Computers

Windows 10

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 10 and enabled by default. Windows Defender Quick Start Guide.

Note that Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection is not compatible with Windows 10.

Windows 8

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 8. Windows Defender Quick Start Guide.

Windows 7/Vista

Download Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection for university computers.

Departments can order the Microsoft System Center media via U-M Software Licensing and Distribution.

Microsoft System Center and Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection are not for use on personally owned computers.

Mac OS X Anti-Virus Software

For your personally owned computer

Use Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Download Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Sophos Home Edition is not for use on university-owned computers.

For your university-owned computer

MiWorkspace Computers

MiWorkspace-managed computers come with anti-virus software already installed.

Other University-Owned Computers

Use Sophos Anti-Virus for Macs.

Compatible with Mac OS X versions 10.6 and up.

Linux/Unix Anti-Virus Software

Linux/Unix systems and servers

Use ClamAV, an open-source anti-virus option for Linux/Unix systems. 

For ClamAV installation information, see: Secure Your Linux/Unix Server.

Help for Infected Computers

For your personally owned computer

Consider using the Virus Scanning & Removal service offered by ITS Tech Repair at the Computer Showcase.

For your university-owned computer

MiWorkspace Computers

Contact the ITS Service Center.

Other University-Owned Computers

Contact your Unit IT department.