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Understanding Which Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware Software to Use

Anti-virus/anti-malware software is an important line of defense for keeping your computer and personal information safe.  These links can provide you with ample options for anti-virus and anti-spyware applications.  Windows users must have both anti-virus and anti-spyware programs installed.  For programs listed under both categories, such as Avast, the program only needs to be installed once.  Mac users need anti-virus installed.  Installation of downloaded programs is easy: simply run the .exe file from your Windows computer, or the .dmg file from you Mac computer, and follow the instructions onscreen.

**Please note: some of these applications cost money (usually a subscription fee).**

Windows XP - Windows 7 users should have Microsoft Security Essentials already installed on their system, which counts as both an anti-virus and anti-spyware. These users should just need to make sure that this application has the most up to date virus definitions.

Windows 8 users should have Windows Defender, which counts as both an anti-virus and an anti-spyware. These users should just need to make sure that this application has the most up to date virus definitions.

Windows users can choose to use their default software or another anti-virus and anti-spyware program from the following lists.

  • 360-Safe-Internet-Security
  • 360-Safe-Total-Security
  • AVG-8.0
  • AVG-8.5
  • AVG-9.0
  • AVG-2011
  • AVG-2012
  • AVG-2013
  • AVG-2014
  • AVG-2015
  • Ad-Aware-Antivirus-10
  • Authentium-Command-AV
  • Authentium-Command-Anti-Malware-5.0
  • Avast
  • Avast-Business-Security
  • Avast-Endpoint-Protection-Suite
  • Avast-Internet-Security
  • Avast-Premier
  • Avira-AntiVir
  • Blink-AV
  • BullGuard
  • CA-Anti-Virus
  • Check-Point-Endpoint-Security
  • Cisco-CSA-AV
  • ClamWin-AntiVirus
  • Comodo-Antivirus
  • Cylance-PROTECT
  • DrWeb
  • ESET-Endpoint-Security
  • ESET-File-Security
  • EZ-Trust
  • Emsisoft-Anti-Malware
  • Eset-NOD32
  • F-Prot
  • F-Secure
  • Faronics-Anti-Virus-Enterprise-Workstation
  • FortiClient
  • GDATA-AntiVirusKit
  • GDATA-Internet-Security-2012
  • GDATA-Internet-Security-2013
  • GDATA-Total-Security-2012
  • GDATA-Total-Security-2013
  • GFI-Business-Agent
  • GFI-Vipre-Internet-Security-2012
  • Grisoft-AVG
  • K7-Total-Security
  • Kaspersky
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-8-WSEE
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2009
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2010
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2011
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2012
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2013
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2014
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2015
  • Kaspersky-Endpoint-Security-8
  • Kaspersky-Endpoint-Security-10
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2010
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2011
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2012
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2013
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2014
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2015
  • Kaspersky-PURE
  • Kaspersky-PURE-2.0
  • Kaspersky-PURE-3.0
  • Kaspersky-Total-Security-2015
  • Kingsoft-Antivirus-2012
  • LANDesk-Antivirus
  • Lightspeed-Security-Agent
  • Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware
  • Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware-Enterprise
  • McAfee-All-Access-13
  • McAfee-AntiVirus-12
  • McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus
  • McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-12
  • McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-13
  • McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-14
  • McAfee-EPO
  • McAfee-Enterprise
  • McAfee-Home
  • McAfee-Internet-Security
  • McAfee-LiveSafe-12
  • McAfee-LiveSafe-13
  • McAfee-LiveSafe-14
  • McAfee-SecurityCenter-12
  • McAfee-SecurityCenter-13
  • McAfee-Total-Protection-10
  • McAfee-Total-Protection-11
  • McAfee-Total-Protection-12
  • McAfee-Total-Protection-13
  • McAfee-Total-Protection-14
  • McAfee-VirusScan-Enterprise-8.7i
  • McAfee-VirusScan-Enterprise-8.8i
  • MicroWorld-eScan
  • Microsoft-Forefront
  • Microsoft-Forefront-Endpoint-Protection-2010
  • Microsoft-Security-Essentials
  • Microsoft-System-Center-2012-Endpoint-Protection
  • Microsoft-Windows-Defender
  • Microsoft-Windows-OneCare
  • Norman
  • Norton
  • Norton-360
  • Norton-Anti-Virus-2009
  • Norton-Anti-Virus-2010
  • Norton-Anti-Virus-2011
  • Norton-Anti-Virus-2012
  • Norton-Antivirus-(2013+)
  • Norton-Internet-Security-2009
  • Norton-Internet-Security-2010
  • Norton-Internet-Security-2011
  • Norton-Internet-Security-2012
  • Norton-Internet-Security-(2013+)
  • Norton-Security
  • PCTools-AntiVirus
  • PCTools-Spyware-Doctor-With-AntiVirus
  • Panda
  • Panda-2014-Products
  • Panda-2015-Products
  • Panda-Anti-Virus-2010
  • Panda-Global-Protection-2009
  • Panda-Global-Protection-2010
  • Panda-Global-Protection-2012
  • Panda-Global-Protection-2013
  • Panda-Internet-Security-2010
  • Quick-Heal-AntiVirus-Pro
  • Quick-Heal-Total-Security-2014
  • Rising-Antivirus
  • Softwin-BitDefender
  • Softwin-BitDefender-Antivirus-2010
  • Softwin-BitDefender-Internet-Security-2010
  • Softwin-BitDefender-Internet-Security-2011
  • Softwin-BitDefender-Total-Security-2010
  • Softwin-BitDefender-Total-Security-2011
  • Sophos
  • Sunbelt-Vipre
  • Sunbelt-Vipre-Enterprise-Agent
  • Symantec-Corporate
  • Symantec-Endpoint-Protection
  • Trend-Micro
  • Trend-Micro-AntiVirus-2007
  • Trend-Micro-AntiVirus-2008
  • Trend-Micro-AntiVirus-2009
  • Trend-Micro-Internet-Security
  • Trend-Micro-Internet-Security-2008
  • Trend-Micro-OfficeScan
  • Trend-Micro-SMB
  • Trend-Micro-Titanium
  • Trend-Micro-Worry-Free-Business-Security
  • TrustPort-Antivirus
  • Vexira-AV
  • Vipre-Business-Agent
  • Vipre-Internet-Security
  • Webroot-AntiVirus-Corporate
  • Webroot-SecureAnywhere
  • Webroot-SpySweeper
  • ZoneAlarm-Extreme-Security
  • ZoneAlarm-Internet-Security
  • eTrust

Windows XP - Windows 7 users should have Microsoft Security Essentials already installed on their system, which counts as both an anti-virus and anti-spyware. These users should just need to make sure that this application has the most up to date virus definitions.

Windows 8 users should have Windows Defender, which counts as both an anti-virus and an anti-spyware. These users should just need to make sure that this application has the most up to date virus definitions.

Windows users can choose to use their default software or another anti-virus and anti-spyware program from the following lists.

  • 360-Safe-Internet-Security
  •  360-Safe-Total-Security
  •  AVG-8.0
  •  AVG-8.5
  •  AVG-9.0
  •  AVG-2011
  •  AVG-2012
  •  AVG-2013
  •  AVG-2014
  •  AVG-2015
  •  AVG-Anti-Spyware
  •  Ad-Aware-2007
  •  Ad-Aware-2008
  •  Ad-Aware-Antivirus-10
  •  Authentium-Command-Anti-Malware-5.0
  •  Avast
  •  Avast-Business-Security
  •  Avast-Endpoint-Protection-Suite
  •  Avast-Internet-Security
  •  Avast-Premier
  •  Blink-AV
  •  CA-PestPatrol
  •  Check-Point-Endpoint-Security
  •  Comodo-Antivirus
  •  Cylance-PROTECT
  •  ESET-Endpoint-Security
  •  ESET-File-Security
  •  Emsisoft-Anti-Malware
  •  Enigma-SpyHunter
  •  Eset-NOD32
  •  Eset-Smart-Security
  •  F-Secure
  •  Faronics-Anti-Virus-Enterprise-Workstation
  •  FortiClient
  •  GDATA-Internet-Security-2012
  •  GDATA-Internet-Security-2013
  •  GDATA-Total-Security-2012
  •  GDATA-Total-Security-2013
  •  GFI-Business-Agent
  •  GFI-Vipre-Internet-Security-2012
  •  K7-Total-Security
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-8-WSEE
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2009
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2010
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2011
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2012
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2013
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2014
  •  Kaspersky-Anti-Virus-2015
  •  Kaspersky-Endpoint-Security-8
  •  Kaspersky-Endpoint-Security-10
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2010
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2011
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2012
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2013
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2014
  •  Kaspersky-Internet-Security-2015
  •  Kaspersky-PURE
  •  Kaspersky-PURE-2.0
  •  Kaspersky-PURE-3.0
  •  Kaspersky-Total-Security-2015
  •  LANDesk-Antivirus
  •  Lavasoft-Adaware
  •  Lightspeed-Security-Agent
  •  Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware
  •  Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware-Enterprise
  •  McAfee-All-Access-13
  •  McAfee-AntiSpyware-Enterprise
  •  McAfee-AntiVirus-12
  •  McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus
  •  McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-12
  •  McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-13
  •  McAfee-AntiVirus-Plus-14
  •  McAfee-Home
  •  McAfee-Internet-Security
  •  McAfee-LiveSafe-12
  •  McAfee-LiveSafe-13
  •  McAfee-LiveSafe-14
  •  McAfee-SecurityCenter-12
  •  McAfee-SecurityCenter-13
  •  McAfee-Total-Protection-10
  •  McAfee-Total-Protection-11
  •  McAfee-Total-Protection-12
  •  McAfee-Total-Protection-13
  •  McAfee-Total-Protection-14
  •  Microsoft-Forefront
  •  Microsoft-Forefront-Endpoint-Protection-2010
  •  Microsoft-Security-Essentials
  •  Microsoft-System-Center-2012-Endpoint-Protection
  •  Microsoft-Windows-Defender
  •  Microsoft-Windows-OneCare
  •  Norton-360
  •  Norton-Anti-Virus-2009
  •  Norton-Anti-Virus-2010
  •  Norton-Anti-Virus-2011
  •  Norton-Anti-Virus-2012
  •  Norton-Antivirus-(2013+)
  •  Norton-Internet-Security
  •  Norton-Internet-Security-2009
  •  Norton-Internet-Security-2010
  •  Norton-Internet-Security-2011
  •  Norton-Internet-Security-2012
  •  Norton-Internet-Security-(2013+)
  •  Norton-Security
  •  PCTools-Spyware-Doctor
  •  Panda-2014-Products
  •  Panda-2015-Products
  •  Panda-Global-Protection-2009
  •  Panda-Global-Protection-2010
  •  Panda-Global-Protection-2012
  •  Panda-Global-Protection-2013
  •  Panda-Internet-Security-2010
  •  Quick-Heal-AntiVirus-Pro
  •  Quick-Heal-Total-Security-2014
  •  Softwin-BitDefender
  •  Softwin-BitDefender-Antivirus-2010
  •  Softwin-BitDefender-Internet-Security-2010
  •  Softwin-BitDefender-Internet-Security-2011
  •  Softwin-BitDefender-Total-Security-2010
  •  Softwin-BitDefender-Total-Security-2011
  •  Sophos
  •  SpyBot
  •  Spyware-Blaster
  •  Sunbelt-CounterSpy
  •  Sunbelt-CounterSpy-Enterprise-Agent
  •  Sunbelt-Vipre
  •  Sunbelt-Vipre-Enterprise-Agent
  •  Symantec-Endpoint-Protection
  •  Trend-Micro-AntiSpyware-2008
  •  Trend-Micro-AntiVirus-2009
  •  Trend-Micro-Internet-Security
  •  Trend-Micro-OfficeScan
  •  Trend-Micro-Titanium
  •  Trend-Micro-Worry-Free-Business-Security
  •  TrustPort-Antivirus
  •  Vipre-Business-Agent
  •  Vipre-Internet-Security
  •  Webroot-AntiSpyware-Corporate
  •  Webroot-SecureAnywhere
  •  Webroot-SpySweeper
  •  ZoneAlarm-Extreme-Security
  •  ZoneAlarm-Internet-Security

Mac devices only need an anti-virus. Avira is usually OIT's go-to antivirus software on Mac computers, as it is free.

  • AVG-AntiVirus-14
  • AVG-AntiVirus-15
  • Avast
  • Avira-Mac-Security
  • ClamXav
  • ESET-Cybersecurity-for-Mac
  • ESET-NOD32-Antivirus-4
  • F-Secure-Anti-Virus
  • Intego-VirusBarrier-2013
  • Intego-VirusBarrier-X4
  • Intego-VirusBarrier-X5
  • Intego-VirusBarrier-X6
  • Kaspersky-Anti-Virus
  • Kaspersky-Internet-Security
  • Lightspeed-Security-Agent
  • McAfee-Internet-Security
  • McAfee-Security
  • McAfee-Virex
  • McAfee-VirusScan
  • Microsoft-SC-2012-Endpoint-Protection
  • Norton
  • Norton-AntiVirus-for-Mac-2012
  • Norton-Security
  • PCTools-iAntiVirus
  • ProtectMac-AntiVirus
  • Sophos
  • Symantec-Endpoint-Protection
  • Symantec-iAntiVirus
  • Trend-Micro-Security
  • Trend-Micro-Smart-Surfing-for-Mac
  • Webroot-SecureAnywhere
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