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 [Link for document 57931 is unavailable at this time.] for details.

  • Windows 8 devices also use Windows Defender but you need to verify that it is functional. Please see [Link for document 57931 is unavailable at this time.]
for details.

  • Windows 7 and Vista devices use Microsoft Security Essentials which is available for download from Microsoft here.

Tech Service Desk: Contact and Hours

In-Person Assistance: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., M-F, room A184

Phone/Virtual Assistance: 217-353-3333 *

Fall/Spring: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th

Keywords:BYOD bring your own device Windows Defender Norton McAfee malware adware virus anti virus   Doc ID:65567
Owner:Sara S.Group:Parkland College
Created:2016-07-28 13:57 CDTUpdated:2016-08-11 12:13 CDT
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