Anti-Virus Software

Free Anti-Virus Software

These Anti-Virus recommendations are ONLY for PERSONALLY OWNED computers. If your computer is owned by Bradley University, please contact the HelpDesk for Anti-Virus help.

Mac OS users:

For students using personally-owned Mac OS computers, Sophos has free Mac Anti-Virus software. Be sure to uninstall any other anti-virus program you may be using before installing Sophos Anti-Virus.

Click here to download the Sophos Anti-Virus.

Windows 7 users:

For students using personally-owned Windows 7 computers, Microsoft Security Essentials is recommended for use. Be sure to uninstall any other anti-virus program you may be using before install Microsoft Security Essentials

Click here to download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows 8 users:

For students using personally-owned Windows 8 computers, Windows Defender is recommended for use, and is already included with the OS. If any other anti-virus software came with the computer, it must be uninstalled to enable Defender to start working. Windows Defender is similar to Microsoft Security Essentials, in that it's free for personal use, and you will never have to pay for updates.

How to activate Windows Defender in Windows 8

What to do if your computer has a virus or spyware

  • Update your antivirus client to the latest virus definitions and run a full scan.
  • Download and run the free application Malware Bytes to detect and remove malware and spyware.
  • Secure your computer's operating system, by follow these steps.