NC State Antivirus Resources

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides free antivirus protection to all current students, faculty and staff of NC State University. Using up-to-date antivirus software has reduced the number and severity of virus outbreaks on campus.  OIT currently provides the products listed below.

NOTE: Trend Micro no longer protects your device. NC State's license for it has expired.

To comply with NC State's Antivirus Software Requirements, be sure to
download and install your free copy of Kaspersky as soon as possible.
For details, follow one of the links below.

Get your free antivirus software

NOTE: Instead of Kaspersky, you may prefer to use an approved alternate antivirus product.
However, be aware that the NC State Help Desk neither supports nor endorses any alternate antivirus product.

Antivirus Basics at NC State

  • Campus-wide requirements
    Each device that connects to the campus network must have: 
    university-approved antivirus software installed and kept up-to-date
    For details, see NC State's Antivirus Software Requirements.
  • Supported operating systems
    To best protect your computer, we strongly encourage you to upgrade your operating system
    to one of these, the only ones OIT provides antivirus software support for: 
    • Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, Server 2012, Server 2012R2
    • Mac: OS X 10.6 or newer
  • Automatic updating
    University-provided antivirus software automatically receives virus definition updates daily.
  • Screening email for viruses
    Google screens all email to campus addresses and deletes most virus-infected messages automatically.
    See Email Security for safe ways to handle your email.
  • Antivirus exemption
    For an exception for a specific computer or group of computers,
    submit an Antivirus Exemption Request.
  • Alternate antivirus product review
    To request review of an alternate antivirus product,
    submit an Additional Antivirus Software Request.

When you leave NC State

When you are no longer an NC State student or employee, licensing restrictions require that you
uninstall from all your personal devices any university-provided antivirus software. For details, see: