Sophos offers a free antivirus program for students. Get Sophos Home for your computer.

Other antivirus options inlcude:

For Windows PC:

For Mac:

How do I detect threats on my computer?

Your computer might be infected if:

  • Your computer is running slower than usual.
  • You receive errors in your browser (e.g., Internet Explorer or Firefox) when on the Internet.
  • Your computer crashes often and unexpectedly.
  • You are receiving peculiar error messages or pop-up advertisements.

How do I get a free antivirus on my personal computer?

If you get malware on your computer, there are ways to fix the problem. There are many trusted programs available for purchase/free download. Be wary when selecting a program. Some of these "programs" are actually disguised malware, designed to prey upon people's desire for cybersecurity. 

NOTE: All campus computers are equipped with an antivirus program.


MalwareBytes is a powerful protection tool built to scan and detect viruses. MalwareBytes will only scan for viruses when you prompt it to. Therefore, you must be diligent and proactive when using MalwareBytes to scan for viruses. Download a free and safe version of MalwareBytes.

How do threats get on my computer? 

Your computer is vulnerable when: 

  • You download free software or illegal content (music, videos, programs) from file-sharing and torrent websites.
  • You open unsafe emails.
  • You visit unsafe websites.
  • You use infected thumb drives. 

How often should I back up my computer files?

Anything can happen in the world of technology. It is vitally important that you back up your files constantly in order to prevent the loss of important documents. You can back up your files by saving them in many different forms, including:

  • Cloud-based file storage services  
  • External hard drives, or thumb drives

NOTE: Thumb drives can get infected with viruses. Do not trust unrecognized thumb drives.