NC State Antivirus Resources

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides free antivirus protection to all students, faculty and staff of NC State University. The use of antivirus software has reduced the number and severity of virus outbreaks on campus.

NC State now provides Kaspersky antivirus products, available in three versions, for antivirus protection. Kaspersky replaces Trend Micro.

  • A Personal Version (for Windows and Mac)
    To be installed only on personally-owned devices

    : Uninstall all other antivirus programs first, before you install the Kaspersky antivirus.
    Otherwise, you will likely have software problems.
    For instructions, see Uninstalling Trend Micro and other antivirus productsThis link will open in a new window.
    To download a copy of the personal version, go to Kaspersky Antivirus.
    If you prefer, you may use an approved alternate antivirus product

  • A Campus Version (for Windows and Mac)
    To be installed only on university-owned devices

    IMPORTANT: Do not attempt to install this software unless you are authorized to do so.
    Please contact your local IT person
    to determine how and when the campus version will be installed on your machine.
    If you are authorized to install software on your device:
    1. Go to Kaspersky Antivirus.
    2. Click on the link for the campus version.
    3. Click on the link for your operating system (Windows or Mac) to get instructions for
      • uninstalling current antivirus software (MUST be done first) and
      • downloading and installing the Kaspersky campus version for your operating system.

If you need assistance, contact the NC State Help Desk during business hours at:

When you leave NC State

Licensing restrictions require that you uninstall the university-provided antivirus software from your personal computer when you are no longer a student or a member of the faculty or staff. For details, see one of the following:

Antivirus Basics at NC State

  • Campus-wide requirements
    Each computer connected to the campus network must have university-approved antivirus software installed and kept up-to-date. 
    For details, see University Antivirus RequirementsThis link will open in a new window.
  • Alternate antivirus software
    Instead of the OIT-distributed software, you may use an approved alternate antivirus product
    NOTE: The NC State Help Desk neither recommends nor supports any alternate antivirus product
    To request review of an alternate antivirus program, submit an Additional Antivirus Software Request.
  • Free antivirus distribution
    OIT distributes free copies of antivirus software to all current NC State students, faculty and staff. 
    To obtain a copy for PC or Mac, go to Kaspersky Antivirus or contact your departmental IT staff member.
    See also Antivirus Resources for IT Staff.
  • Supported operating systems
    To best protect your computer, we strongly encourage you to upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or the latest version of Mac OS X. OIT provides support for antivirus software on the following systems only
    • Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2012, Server 2012R2
    • Mac: OS X 10.6 or newer
  • Easy updating
    University-provided antivirus software automatically receives virus definition updates daily.
  • Screening email for viruses
    Google screens all email to campus addresses and deletes virus-infected messages automatically.
  • Ongoing support
    The NC State Help DeskThis link will open in a new window provides support for university-provided antivirus software only.
    For additional help, see Antivirus Troubleshooting.
  • Antivirus exemption
    For an exception for a specific computer or group of computers, please submit an Antivirus Exemption Request.