NC State Antivirus Resources


  • NC State’s campus license for Kaspersky antivirus is expiring on February 28, 2017, and will not be renewed.
    For details, see this SysNews post: OIT-SC – Software – Remove.
  • The Kaspersky campus license requires that you uninstall Kaspersky from every computer on which you have installed it.
    For instructions, see:

  • Having up-to-date antivirus software installed on every computer connected to the campus network is a requirement.
  • However, NC State will no longer provide free antivirus software for for personally-owned computers.
  • Instead, the university recommends using either of the following:
    • the antivirus protection provided by the operating system vendor
    • an approved alternative.  

Campus-wide requirements

  • Using up-to-date antivirus software has reduced the number and severity of virus outbreaks on campus.
  • In keeping with NC State’s Antivirus Software Requirements , you must have university-approved antivirus software installed and kept up-to-date on each device that you connect to the campus network. (The regulation will be updated to reflect the recent changes in antivirus software licenses.)


Supported systems

To best protect your computer, we strongly encourage you to do both of these things:

  • Upgrade your operating system to one of these:
    • Windows: 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    • Windows Servers: 2012, 2012R2
    • Mac: OS X 10.6 or newer
  • Apply all security patches and updates as soon as they are available

Email screening

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 a specific computer or group of computers,
you may submit an Antivirus Exemption Request.