Free Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus Software For Personally Owned Computers

These recommendations are ONLY for PERSONALLY OWNED computers. If your computer is owned by Illinois Wesleyan University, please contact the ITS Service Desk for help.


Anti-Malware

Mac OS users:

Free Mac Malwarebytes Software:  For students using personal Mac OS computers, Malwarebytes has free Malwarebytes for Mac Software.  Click here to download Malwarebytes for Mac.

Windows users:

Free Windows Malwarebytes Software:  For students using personal Windows computers, Malwarebytes has free Malwarebytes for Windows software.  Click here to download Malwarebytes for Windows. 


Anti-Virus

Mac OS users:

Free Mac Anti-Virus Software:  For students using personal Mac OS computers, Sophos has free Mac Anti-Virus software. Click here to download Sophos Anti-Virus.

Windows 7 users:

Free Windows Anti-Virus Software:  For students using personal Windows 7 computers, Microsoft Security Essentials is recommended for use. Click here to download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Windows 8 & 10 users:

Free Windows Anti-Virus Software:  For students using personal Windows 8 & 10 computers, Windows Defender is recommended for use, and is already included with the OS. If any other anti-virus software came with the computer, it must be uninstalled to enable Defender to start working. Windows Defender is similar to Microsoft Security Essentials, in that it's free for personal use, and you will never have to pay for updates.


What to do if your computer has a virus or spyware

  • Update your antivirus client to the latest virus definitions and run a full scan.
  • Download and run the free application Malware Bytes to detect and remove malware and spyware.

ITS Service Desk

We can help you if you think your computer is infected. Faculty, staff and students may bring in their personal computers to the ITS Service Desk for virus/malware removal. Department computers can be analyzed and fixed in their office locations by reaching out to the ITS Service Desk. 


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