Computer viruses can cause a lot of damage to your computer. For example they can delete files, reformat hard drives, or be used to gain access to your accounts (such as email and bank accounts) and any personal data you store in those accounts. If you install antivirus software and keep it up-to-date, you can minimize these risks.

Faculty and Staff

The Campus Agreement with Microsoft provides licenses for System Center Endpoint Protection (Windows) for installation on University of Toronto owned equipment. Installation files can be found here.

A licensed version of Sophos Home is available for Windows or Macs. This is targeted at unmanaged devices (ie. a device personally managed by a faculty or staff member). See this Enterprise Service centre article for  information including installation instructions.


  • Windows and Macs:
    Sophos Home is available free for use by students. Information can be found here.
  • Linux:
    For all Linux client machines, we recommend using both an antivirus scanner: ClamAV and a rootkit scanner: chkrootkit.