Recommended antivirus applications

Antivirus applications are designed to detect and destroy computer viruses. If you do not currently have an antivirus application on your personal computer, refer to the list below for recommended antivirus applications that are available at no cost for personal use.

For any questions about these applications, contact the IST Help Desk.

AVG

Supported OS

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android

Features

  • Blocks viruses, spyware, and other malware
  • Cover all your devices from one easy dashboard
  • Scan and remove PC viruses using your mobile device
  • Scans web, Twitter, and Facebook links
  • More features available in the paid Pro version of AVG

Go to AVG download page

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

Supported OS

  • Windows

Features

  • Antivirus and antispyware
  • Scans your downloads regardless of the file format before they have a chance to damage your PC
  • Blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files before they try to start or connect to your system
  • Protects you while you browse the web by validating a constantly updated list of known bad URLs and websites
  • “Gaming mode” allows you to play games and watch movies without being disturbed
  • More features available in the paid versions of Ad-Aware

Go to Ad-Aware download page

Microsoft Security Essentials

Supported OS

  • Windows

Features

  • Comprehensive malware protection
  • Protects you quietly in the background
  • Automatic updates

Go to Windows Essentials download page

Avast

Supported OS

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Android

Features

  • Antivirus and anti-malware
  • Password protection
  • Browser cleanup
  • Remote assistance
  • More features available in the paid versions of Avast

Go to Avast download page

Malwarebytes

Supported OS

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • iOS
  • Android

Features

  • Scans for malware
  • Safely removes threats from your PC
  • More features available in the paid versions of Malwarebytes, including active protection

Go to Malwarebytes download page

  • Was this helpful?
  • Yes   No