Antivirus Software Recommendations for Faculty, Staff and Students:

Faculty and staff machines already have Symantec Endpoint Protection installed so you should not install other anti-virus software on a college-issued computer. If you have more than one anti-virus program running on your machine, you may be blocked from the campus network. 

Connecticut College encourages students to use anti-virus software on their personal computers.

  • For students with computers running Microsoft Windows, Microsoft offers Microsoft Security Essentials, a fully functional anti-virus and anti-spyware client free of charge for non-commercial computers.
  • On Windows 8, Windows Defender replaces Microsoft Security Essentials. Windows Defender runs in the background and notifies you when you need to take specific action. However, you can use it anytime to scan for malware if your computer isn’t working properly or after you clicked a suspicious link that may have installed malware. Windows Defender comes preloaded on all new Windows 8 computers.
  • For students with a Macintosh computer, the college suggests that students use Sophos, also free of charge for non-commercial computers.