Antivirus for Personal Computers

All UM-owned computers need to have antivirus software installed. See Antivirus for U-M Computers for more information.

Antivirus software helps protect your computer from viruses, adware, spyware, ransomware, and other malware that might compromise your accounts or cause loss of important data. Information Assurance recommends that you install and run antivirus software set to automatically update.

See Phishing & Suspicious Email for tips on avoiding viruses and malicious programs that are spread in email, as well as how to avoid common email scams and fraud.


Windows Defender is automatically built into Windows 10 and Windows 8, and it is enabled by default. See the Windows Defender Quick Start Guide for more.

Mac OS

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition is recommended for personal Mac OS computers.

Sophos Home Edition is not for use on university-owned computers.


ClamAV is an open-source antivirus option for Linux/Unix systems. For information about ClamAV recommended configurations, see Secure Your Linux/Unix Server.

Get Help for Infected Computers

If you believe that your personal computer has been infected or compromised by viruses or malware, the Virus Scanning & Removal service offered by ITS Tech Repair is available to assist you.

If you believe that your U-M computer has been infected or compromised by viruses or malware, please contact IT support: For MiWorkspace Computers, contact the ITS Service Center, and for Other University-Owned Computers contact your Unit IT department.