AntiVirus and Malware Information

Per UCSC policy, all laptop and desktop computers connected to UCSC's network must run current, up-to-date software to detect viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Anti-malware software is recommended for other devices where readily available and as appropriate.

Windows Computers

For students running Microsoft Windows, ResNet recommends Windows Defender. Windows Defender provides protection against viruses and other types of malware for free. Microsoft Defender is preinstalled on Windows 10 and can be enabled from the Settings app.

Note: Having multiple antivirus software installed simultaneously can create conflicts and slow down your computer. Some vendor products are also known to conflict with the ResNet environment including: Norton AntiVirus, McAfee AntiVirus, and their Internet security software. These software applications may block your computer's network access and create the need for additional troubleshooting.

Macintosh Computers

UCSC provides free antivirus software for personally owned macOS computers. Sophos, Avira, and Avast can be downloaded via the Software pages at: https://its.ucsc.edu/software/student-software.html


ITS supports the following anti-virus products:

Windows

  • Authentium
  • Avast
  • AVG
  • AVGuard
  • Avira 
  • Bitdefender
  • CarbonBlack
  • Comodo
  • Cylance
  • ESET (NOD32)
  • EZ Antivirus
  • Faronics
  • Fortinet
  • FSecure Antivirus
  • Gdata
  • Immunet
  • iolo System Shield
  • Ivanti
  • Kaspersky
  • Landesk
  • LightSpeed
  • Malwarebytes Antivirus 
  • McAfee
  • McAfee NA
  • McAfee 45
  • Microsoft – Defender, SCEP, Security Essentials, One Care
  • Panda
  • PCtools
  • SecureIT
  • SentinelOne 
  • Sophos
  • Sophos X
  • WebRoot (SpySweeper)
  • Symantec - Personal
  • Norton
  • TrendMicro
  • Vipre Antivirus
  • ZoneAlarm

Macintosh

  • Avast
  • Avira
  • AVG
  • BitDefender
  • ClamXav
  • Comodo
  • Cylance
  • ESET
  • iAntiVirus
  • Intego
  • Kaspersky

  • MacKeeper
  • McAfee
  • Microsoft SCEP
  • Norton
  • Panda
  • Sentinel One for Mac
  • Sophos
  • Sophos X
  • TrendMicro 
  • Webroot