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Installing anti-virus protection on your personal computer

At some point, virus or malware are going to try to infect your computer.

Hopefully, you’ll have the right software installed on your computer to prevent the attack. Below are some recommendations for privately and university-owned Windows computers.

First, you need to have a quality antivirus product running on your computer.

Free virus protection for your personal computer

For Windows, BSU recommends Microsoft Security Essentials.

Installation: (Note: Windows 8 and Windows 10 have Microsoft’s antivirus installed already.)

  1. Uninstall any existing virus protection software by using the Add/Remove Programs utility in the control panel of your computer.
  2. Go to MS Security Essentials and download the appropriate version for your computer.
  3. Follow the installation wizard to install the program on your computer.
  4. Run the program and do a complete scan of your computer.  Follow any recommendations.

Make sure to run updates and scan your computer regularly to ensure full protection.

Purchased antivirus

There are many antivirus software products you can purchase. Some common ones include: Symantec, McAfee, AVG, or Kaspersky.

Be careful!  There are many fake (and dangerous) anti-virus or malware removal tools that masquerade as legitimate.  

Be vigilant:
  • Be careful before you open an email attachment.  Even it it appears to come from someone you know.  If you weren’t expecting it, check with the sender before proceeding.
  • Keep your computer software up to date.  Run updates and scans often.
  • There is no perfect antivirus program. Vigilance and consistent computer maintenance is the best defense.

Here are some more tips for safe computing.

If you get stuck, please contact the help desk.  We can get you pointed in the right direction!