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
- Get Your Personal Version of Kaspersky (Windows and Macintosh)
For personally-owned devices only
- Get the Campus Version of Kaspersky for Windows
For university-owned Windows devices only
- Get the Campus Version of Kaspersky for Macintosh
For university-owned Macintosh devices only
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: