How do I get virus protection for my Home computer?

It is important that everyone run anti-virus software on their computer. Modern computing devices have great capability, but functions, features and bugs can be exploited by malicious actors to infect your machine with malware that spies on you, steals your data, uses your computer in a botnet or holds your data for ransom. Antivirus software can help protect you from these threats.

Do I Need Anti-virus for my Home Computer?

It depends on the operating system you are running.

  • Windows 10:
    Not necessary
    If you are running Microsoft Windows 10, you do not need separate anti-virus. Windows 10 comes with built-in anti-virus called Windows Defender. This is a capable anti-virus solution on Windows 10 and IT Services feels it is sufficient protection for most users. You can still choose to install a full-featured anti-virus solution from the instructions below if you wish.
    (To see if Windows Defender is setup and operating correctly on your computer, run the "Windows Security" app.)
  • Windows 8/8.1 or 7:
    YES, you should install anti-virus

    If you are running an older version of Windows, you need an anti-virus . This is for people running Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7, IT Services does not recommend Windows Defender on older versions of Windows. See below for anti-virus installation.
    (If you are running Windows XP, IT Services strongly encourages you to get a new computer and does not provide support for Windows XP.)
  • Apple Macintosh:
    YES, you should install anti-virus
    If you are using an Apple Mac computer, you need an anti-virus package. While Macs have a reputation for security, they are increasingly targeted by hackers and the macOS operating system does not come with anti-virus built in. 


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