Antivirus Software 


For Windows 8/8.1/10 Windows Defender is built in and turned on by default. There is no need to install any extra antivirus,
but you should check to make sure that Defender is switched on for your device.

For a PC running Windows 7, you can download and install Microsoft Security Essentials.

Note that Microsoft will soon be withdrawing support for Windows 7 and The University will not allow Windows 7 devices to connect to the network from September 2019.

Windows University Desktop/YOYO

If you use a Managed computer Windows Defender will be installed an turned on. No action is required.


For University Macs you can request a licence for Sophos endpoint security for Mac via the below link:

For personal macs, the University recommends Sophos Home

While The University recommendations are outlined above, you may wish to use an alternative anti-virus product. If you do, it is your responsibility to ensure it is configured correctly and is appropriately licensed to receive updates automatically, as set out in the IT Code of Practice.

CiCS cannot provide technical support for the use of alternative anti-virus products.

Information & advice

You can find more information and advice on safe computing here.

If you think that your University computer may have a virus or you have a question about antivirus software contact the CiCS helpdek ( or 0114 2221111).