Virus protection for computers at the UiO
It is very important to protect all computers against viruses and other malicious software. All office computers at the UiO get antivirus software installed and updated through the sentral software distribution system. Here are our recommendations for your home computers.
Antivirus for students and staff home computers:
- Download Sophos Antivirus for Mac, for free, from http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx
- PC with Windows 7: Install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)
- PC with Windows 8: Activate Windows Defender
Both alternatives are free.
Important for Windows home computers:
F-Secure will no longer work after January 1st 2014
The UiO has long supplied staff, employees and students with a free license to the antivirus software F-Secure. But now, the built-in antivirus service in Windows is considered to be as good as F-Secure. So it is no longer necessary for the UiO to pay for virus and attack protection as well. If you have F-Secure from UiO installed on your personal computer or University-owned home computer, you need to find another way to secure your computer by New Year’s Day. Come 2014, the UiO licence agreement with F-Secure is void.
What do I do?
If you have F-Secure installed on your own computer or a University-owned home computer, you need to uninstall F-Secure and then install or activate another solution for virus protection. If you already have other antivirus software, please use it. If not, the UiO recommends that you use Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7. For those running Windows 8, we recommend Windows Defender.
Install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7
Activate Windows Defender (Windows 8)
In most cases, your local IT staff will be able to help with home computers. Please note that not all local IT departments are staffed for dealing with home computers as well as office computers.