Antivirus software 

Antivirus software is a type of computer program used to protect you and your device from viruses, malicious software and other cyber threats.  


While the University provides the following recommendations, 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. We cannot provide technical support for the use of alternative antivirus products.


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 software, 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 further action is required.


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

For personal macs, the University recommends Sophos Home.


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

Help and support

Take a look at our web page with 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.

Contact IT Services