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 Microsoft Forefront Endpoint protection (for Windows) and System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 (Windows, Linux and Mac) for installation on University of Toronto owned equipment. Installation files can be found here.
Personally owned machines can be protected with Microsoft Security Essentials. Other options include free versions of both Kapersky Antvirus and Bitdefender.
For all Macintosh users, we recommend using either Bitdefender or Kapersky Antivirus.
For all Linux client machines, we recommend using both an antivirus scanner: ClamAV and a rootkit scanner: chkrootkit.