Antivirus software is a computer program that detects, prevents, and takes action to disarm or remove malicious software programs, such as viruses, Trojan horses and worms. Computer viruses are software programs that are deliberately designed to interfere with computer operation, record, corrupt, or delete data, or spread themselves to other computers and throughout the Internet.
You can help protect your computer against viruses by using antivirus software. To help prevent the most current viruses, you must update your antivirus software regularly. You can set up most types of antivirus software to update automatically.
At The University of Montana, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials, which is available for free from Microsoft Corporation. Do not install more than one antivirus program on your computer or complications may arise as they may treat each other as a virus.
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It is available for download for Windows XP SP 3 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft. You can learn more as well as download this program by going to the Microsoft Security Essentials web page.
University employees: Please check with your departmental technical support staff prior to downloading any antivirus product on your computer. Your department may be part of a managed Symantec group and an automatic process may be in place for managing Symantec on the department's computers.