Endpoint protection software—sometimes known as antivirus and/or anti-malware—helps protect your personal computer from viruses, adware, spyware, ransomware, and other malware that might compromise your accounts or cause loss of important data. ITS 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 Security, which includes Microsoft Defender Antivirus, is built into Windows 10. Learn more at Microsoft: Stay protected with Windows Security. If you have a lot of sensitive information on your personal Windows computer, you may want to consider other endpoint protection software. Each year a number of computing and consumer websites review and compare current versions of Windows endpoint protection/antivirus/anti-malware options, including Defender.
Although Mac OS includes a number of security features (see Apple Platform Security), it is recommended that you also use endpoint protection/antivirus/anti-malware software. There are many good free and for-fee options available. Each year a number of computing and consumer websites review and compare current versions of Mac endpoint protection/antivirus/anti-malware options.
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.