students using laptop computers in Learning Commons

Antivirus Recommendation
(for personally-owned computers)

Windows Antivirus Recommendation

Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials

If your computer was purchased with either Windows 8, Windows 10 or Windows RT, the system came built-in with “Windows Defender”. If you have a computer with Windows 7, you can download “Microsoft Security Essentials” from Microsoft’s website. Both of these programs are free.

Learn how to schedule a scan or turn on/off Windows Defender on Microsoft’s website.

If you have already purchased and are using an alternate antivirus program, there is no need to uninstall it. However, if it expires or you are no longer using it, it is important to uninstall it and begin using Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials.  

Apple Antivirus Recommendation


It is important to install antivirus protection on your Mac computer. Our current recommendation is a free version from Sophos.

Download Sophos from Sophos Site

UNCW-owned computers

The software recommendations on this page should not be installed on UNCW-owned computers. For UNCW-owned computers, please contact the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) and a computer consultant will configure your antivirus security settings.