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Which Anti-Virus Software Does My Computer Have?


It is a University requirement that your computer has an antivirus installed when connecting to the University network. This includes both Apple and Windows computers. If you are unsure whether or not your computer has one installed, see our tips below or contact us for assistance.

Common Anti-Virus Software

Read the list below and see if you recognise any from your machine.

  • Windows Defender – Comes free with Windows 8 and 10
  • Sophos – Free & University recommended
  • AVG – Free
  • Avast – Free
  • Norton – Subscription
  • McAfee – Subscription

Find Out Which Antivirus You Have

  1. Open the control panel. Navigate to Programs > Programs and Features.
  2. Look through the list of installed programs on your computer. This will reveal any installed anti-virus software.
  3. Click the small up-arrow on the bottom right of the toolbar. Often an installed anti-virus will be shown here.
  1. Navigate to your applications folder by opening a finder window and clicking applications on the left bar.
  2. Search for the names of anti-virus software that are listed at the top of this page

Check Your Subscription (If Required)

  • Some anti-virus software requires a paid subscription
  • If your subscription is out of date, either renew your subscription or install a free anti-virus
  • A computer with an antivirus that has an expired subscription, does not meet University policy for using the network

I Don’t Have an Anti-Virus. Help!

Click here for more information on how to get anti-virus software for your computer.

What if I Have 2 or More Antivirus Programs?

If you find you have more than one antivirus installed, choose your favourite and uninstall the other. If you have more than one antivirus then they will interfere with each other and neither will work effectively, potentially leaving you with no antivirus protection at all.