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Use anti-virus

Anti-virus software protects your computer from software viruses, and prevents you from accidentally passing them to people you work with.

Computer viruses get into computers:

  • via email
  • via attachments
  • by clicking on infected links (on social media sites or compromised websites)
  • from infection by other people's compromised computers
  • through the network, especially if you have not kept your software up to date

Anti-virus software doesn't only protect your computer from viruses. It can help prevent transmitting malware to others. Malware is the term for unwanted or rogue dangerous software.

What does anti-virus software do?

Anti-virus software scans a computer's memory and disk drives for viruses. If a virus is found, the anti-virus software will notify the user. It can then clean, delete, or quarantine any infected files. For devices which do not allow scanning (for example iOS) you can use internet protection and VPN options to add protection.

New computer viruses are being created all the time. It is important to keep your anti-virus software up to date so that it is able to recognise them. Please note - for any option you choose, please only use reputable stores and officially app store products. Avoid downloading any random software you find on Google, as this could be malware.

Anti-virus software recommendations

Please note these are subject to change

For Windows devices: 

Microsoft Defender is a pre-installed (on Windows 10) and free anti-virus software. You can check if your device has this installed, from the Security Centre on your device. 

For Mac devices:

Sophos is an anti-virus software suitable for Mac devices. You can see more information on their webpage here

Sophos have a new software called Intercept X, which provides endpoint protection, visit their webpage here.

For iOS devices:

iOS will not allow you to use anti-virus scanning tools, due to how it was created by Apple. However, you can use a third party app for internet protection, including such tools as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect your internet usage on unsecure networks. A VPN creates a secure ‘tunnel’ between you and the network you are accessing, as if you were physically connected. 

For Linux machines:

These devices are unique in their configurations, so to find your ideal protection for these devices, it is best to do some research online or ask a Linux expert in your local computing support team. 

The following reputable vendors provide antivirus software for Windows, Android and other devices

Bitdefender

McAfee

Norton

Trend Micro

ESET

Avira

Webroot

Avast

AVG