Viruses

Computer viruses can vary from mildly annoying to severely destructive. Use the tools and services below to avoid, detect and remove them.

Install and Use Anti-Virus Software

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Windows

For your personally owned computer

Windows 10

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 10.

Windows 8

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 8.

Windows 7/Vista

Use Microsoft Security Essentials. Be sure to uninstall your current anti-virus product before installing 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. Note that Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Security is not compatible with Windows 10.

Windows 8

Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 8.

Windows 7/Vista

Use Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection:

Is my PC running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows?

Departments can order the complete Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection media via U-M Software Licensing and Distribution.

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

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

Mac OS X

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 to 10.11

Linux/Unix

Linux/Unix Servers and Personal Computers

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

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

Checking for/Removing Viruses

If you suspect or know your computer has been infected with a virus, ITS Tech Repair at the Computer Showcase can help with a Virus Scanning & Removal Service to get your machine back in action.