Antivirus Software for Personal Devices
Check with your Internet Service Provider (AT&T, Comcast, Mediacom, etc.). Most provide a free, full-featured (McAfee, Norton or similar) antivirus solution to their customers for both Windows and Mac devices. Alternatively, Microsoft provides a free built-in and/or downloadable solution for Windows devices (see below for details). Apple does not provide an antivirus solution for Macs like Microsoft does. You should check with your ISP to download and install the solution they provide to their customers.
Please Note: Other antivirus solutions are available for download but please investigate those claiming to be free. Many are simply trial versions to get you started. A paid subscription is required for updates and continued functionality once the trial period expires.
- Windows 10 devices have Windows Defender installed and running by default. If you install a different antivirus solution at a later date, Windows Defender shuts itself off. Please see Windows (Personal Devices) - Using Windows Defender / Security Essentials to Remove Viruses and Malware for details.
- Windows 8 devices also use Windows Defender but you need to verify that it is functional. Please see Windows (Personal Devices) - Using Windows Defender / Security Essentials to Remove Viruses and Malware
- Windows 7 and Vista devices use Microsoft Security Essentials which is available for download from Microsoft here.