NC State recommends using the antivirus protection provided by your operating system’s vendor; e.g. Windows Defender for a personally-owned Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 computer.
Alternatively, you may use a different antivirus product to comply with the university’s Antivirus Software Requirements, provided that OIT considers it to be approved as indicated below.
- OIT does not provide technical support for any approved alternate antivirus product.
- OIT cannot endorse any antivirus product for Windows or OS X at this time.
OIT considers an alternate antivirus product for Windows to be approved if:
- It has been evaluated and certified by AV-TEST with a Protection score of 3 or higher (not the Performance or Usability score).
See The best antivirus software for Windows Home User.
NOTE: The higher the Protection score, likely the more secure your computer will be.
OIT considers an alternate antivirus product for OS X to be approved if:
- It has been approved by AV-Comparatives during the current or prior year.
See List of AV Vendors (Mac), last column.
NOTE: Some of these products are available in the Apple App Store application, which may provide the best automatic updates.