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Antivirus Software


Antivirus software is one of the most important tools for safe-guarding your computer, vital information, and personal data from the onslaught of viruses and worms. Find the solution below that fits your needs and specifications.

OIT recommends the following antivirus solutions for CU Boulder faculty, staff, student staff, and students. All programs below are free of charge. These programs have been added to the VPN host checker system.

Computer Type Windows Vista, 7, & 8 Windows 10 MAC
University-owned computers System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows

Windows Defender with System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows

Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac
Personally-owned computers Microsoft Security Essentials Malwarebytes: We recommend contacting BuffTechs Desktop Support for assistance setting up this software.

The specifications for Windows Vista and Windows 7 correlate with licensing agreements with Microsoft.

Please Note: If your University-owned computer is managed by Dedicated Desktop Support, they will install System Endpoint Protection or Microsoft Defender on your machine. If you have any questions, contact your DDS Technician. 


Antivirus protects you from malicious users gaining access to and running harmful software on your computer, compromising your system and sharing private information.

The MRDP allows the campus to collectively identify malware for faster response and remediation. Faster response to individuals impacted by malware improves the safety of our network by addressing the issue faster, before it spreads.


The antivirus solutions linked to from this site are provided at no-cost to you or your department.

Who can get it

CU Boulder faculty, staff and students.

How to get it

Visit the Antivirus - Help section to find download and installation instructions.