Antivirus software 


Windows

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 from September 2019 the University no longer allows Windows 7 devices to connect to the network.

Windows University Desktop/YoYo

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

Macs

For University Macs you can request a license for Sophos endpoint security for Mac.

For personal macs, the University recommends Sophos Home

Linux

For University Linux devices and personal Linux devices the University recommends Sophos Home for Linux.

While The University recommendations are outlined above, you may wish to use an alternative antivirus product. If you choose to do this, 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 (PDF).

We cannot provide technical support for the use of alternative antivirus products.

Further advice and support

You can find more information and advice on safe computing.

If you think that your University computer may have a virus or you have a question about antivirus software please contact the IT Service Desk.