You are strongly advised to have an antivirus program installed on your computer to protect you from any malicious software (malware) that your computer may come into contact with. Malware is an umbrella term that refers to any software written with malicious intent. This includes viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, and ransomware amongst others.
There are both free and paid versions of antivirus software available and the choice to use one or the other is entirely yours. If you decide to use free antivirus software, make sure you get it from a trustworthy source or download it directly from the supplier's own website.
All email attachments and downloaded files should be saved and then scanned with an antivirus product before being opened.
Antivirus software is only effective if it's kept updated, as new threats and viruses are created all the time. Ensure that your product is set up to automatically download updates, ideally on a daily basis.
Some of the best antivirus options tend to be the all-in-one Internet security packages that can protect you behind a firewall, hide you from online attackers, monitor and protect your web browsing and provide antivirus features in one easy-to-use interface/product.
Free antivirus software
As a student here, you can download Symantec Antivirus software for free (login required).
Note: The license of this version of the Symantec AntiVirus expires on 23 April 2018.
Our current version is Symantec Endpoint v14.0.0 MP1 and is compatible with the following operating systems:
Windows Operating Systems:
- Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit; RTM and SP1)
- Windows Embedded 7 Standard, POSReady, and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows Embedded 8 Standard (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows 8.1 (32-bit, 64-bit), including Windows To Go
- Windows 8.1 update for April 2014 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows 8.1 update for August 2014 (32-bit, 64-bit)
- Windows Embedded 8.1 Pro, Industry Pro, and Industry Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit)
- Windows 10 (32-bit, 64-bit; RTM, November Update (2015), Anniversary Update)
Macintosh Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, and macOS 10.12
Linux Operating Systems (32-bit and 64-bit versions):
- CentOS 6U4, 6U5; 32-bit and 64-bit
- Debian 6.0.5 Squeeze, Debian 8 Jessie; 32-bit and 64-bit
- Fedora 16, 17; 32-bit and 64-bit
- Oracle Linux (OEL) 6U2, 6U4, 6U5, 7
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (RHEL) 6U2 - 6U8, 7 - 7.3
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1 - 11 SP3; 32-bit and 64-bit; 12
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 SP1 - 11 SP3; 32-bit and 64-bit
- Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04, 16.04; 32-bit and 64-bit