Software Tools

Listed below are some commonly requested software packages for students.

  • Antivirus software
  • Office
    • The NC State Bookstore offers Microsoft Office (for Windows and Mac) with an electronic download. You will also have the option to purchase backup CDs for an extra cost. The Bookstore has the best price on Office software, as these versions of Office normally retail for $200-$500.
  • Windows
    • Windows can be purchased via Microsoft's Ultimate Steal website. You can get Windows 8 Professional for $69.99 (as of 5/21/2014). This is the best price you'll find anywhere on Windows 8, as the normal retail price is $139-$200.
  • Firefox
    • Firefox is a free alternative to Internet Explorer.

Other commonly requested packages include Maple, Matlab, and Solidworks. Depending on your major, college or courses, you may have access to these packages at a discount or for free. See Software @ NC State and the Engineering Software page for information about other packages.

Viruses and Spyware

Viruses and spyware can infect your computer in various ways. The one of the most common ways you can get infected is through outdated plugins. Make sure you're running the latest versions of Flash and Java at the links below.

Make sure your antivirus software is up to date!

Many new computers come with a short free trial of antivirus software. Once the trial expires, it stops updating, making your computer vulnerable to the hundreds of new viruses discovered every day. See Antivirus software (above) for information about free antivirus software you can install on your computer.