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Anti-virus for U-M Computers

You should use an anti-virus program on your personally owned computer as well as your UM-owned computer. See Anti-virus for Personal Computers for recommendations from Information Assurance.

Anti-virus software helps protect your computer from viruses, adware, spyware, ransomware, and other malware that might compromise your accounts or cause loss of important data. Informaiton Assurance recommends that you install and run anti-virus software set to automatically update.

See Phishing & Suspicious Email for tips on avoiding viruses and malicious programs that are spread in email, as well as how to avoid common email scams and fraud.

Windows

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. See the Windows Defender Quick Start Guide.

Windows 7

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

MiWorkspace Computers

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

Other University-Owned Computers

Download Sophos Anti-Virus for university computers, compatible with Mac OS X versions 10.6 and up.

Unix/Linux

Use ClamAV, and follow the recommended configuration in Secure Your Linux/Unix Server.

Get Help for Infected Computers

If you believe that your U-M computer has been infected or compromised by viruses or malware, please contact IT support:

  • For MiWorkspace Computers, Contact the ITS Service Center.
  • For Other University-Owned Computers, Contact your Unit IT department.

If you believe that your personal computer has been infected or compromised by viruses or malware, the Virus Scanning & Removal service offered by ITS Tech Repair at the Computer Showcase is available to assist you.