Antivirus Software

Your university will install and update virus protection software on their computers, but you need to keep your personal system free of viruses and spyware. While you're at college you will be doing online research, surfing the web, downloading email attachments, and swapping disks. Because of constant computer activity, college students are especially vulnerable to infecting their computer with spyware and viruses.

Running your computer without antivirus software is like driving your car without a seatbelt: everything is fine until the accident. Viruses can corrupt valuable files or even erase your system's BIOS program thereby turning your computer into a lifeless lump of plastic and metal.

Your university will not provide you with antivirus software, you have to purchase and install it yourself. Installing and updating antivirus software is easy and relatively inexpensive. However, trying to repair an infected computer is difficult and costly. A reliable antivirus program is the most important program you can have on your computer.


What We Recommend

Some of the best antivirus programs available are Norton Antivirus and McAfee VirusScan. Like all good things, these programs cost money and require a subscription fee to update the software. This might be a problem for most college students who have a small budget and want protection from viruses and internet security without paying a lot for it.

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We recommend that college students download AVG Anti-Virus distributed by Grisoft. This is the trial version of a the well-respected AVG Internet Security program package. The trial version provides for unlimited use, updates automatically and does a good of job protecting your computer from viruses, trojan horses and worms.

You can always purchase the retail version which has anti-spyware, anti-spam, a personal firewall for protection from hackers, and technical support. However, we find that the free edition is satisfactory for most students.