Malware is an all-encompassing term that includes many forms of intentionally malicious software. Malware includes computer viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, scareware, spyware, cryptocurrency miners, adware, and other programs intended to exploit computer resources for nefarious purposes.

Signs that your computer may be infected by malware or a virus:

  • Your PC is running unusually slow.
  • Ads are popping up even when your browser isn't running.
  • Your default browser home page has changed.
  • Anti-spyware and/or antivirus applications aren't working correctly.
  • Presence of rogue antivirus packages that state that the computer is infected.

Malware and viruses spread through a variety of methods, including the following:
  • Bundled Free Software Programs 
  • File Sharing, BitTorrent, and other Peer-to-peer File Sharing Services
  • Removable Media (USB flash drives, external hard drives, CDs, and DVDs)
  • Scareware - Software pretending to be a security alert that tricks a user into installing it
The following list of antivirus/anti-malware software is available for students and/or personal use. Keep in mind that an antivirus program is only as effective as its last update. Please be sure to update your software regularly to ensure the most up-to-date protection.
Antivirus/anti-malware software for student/personal use:

Antivirus/anti-malware software for university-issued laptops (Faculty/Staff):

  • PC laptops and desktops are protected by Cisco AMP for Endpoints.
  • Apple laptops and desktops are protected by Cisco AMP for Endpoints.