Antivirus Requirement

Antivirus Software Requirement

Austin Hall and Clare Hall residents who connect their personal computers to the Alverno college network are required to install some type of antivirus software on their computers. Resident students are also required to install all Microsoft critical updates as they become available.


Alverno is in the process of replacing Sophos with Microsoft's System Center Endpoint protection for all campus computers.  If you are an Alverno resident student who has Sophos antivirus software that was provided by Alverno installed on your personally-owned computer, you need to uninstall Sophos and install a different antivirus software program as soon as possible.  While Alverno’s Sophos license won’t expire until 4/29/2014, we have already stopped installing software updates on our server and, once our license actually expires, our server will stop receiving new virus definition updates from Sophos.  Listed below are Tech Services’ recommendations for other free antivirus software tools you might use instead.


Recommended FREE antivirus/spyware/malware software for home use:

Operating System

Recommended software

Where to get it

Windows 7 or earlier

Microsoft Security Essentials

Windows 8 or later

Windows Defender (or visit the Windows Store to search for other free tools)

Comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1.  Run Windows Update to upgrade to v 8.1 if you have Windows 8.0


Avast, ClamXav, or Sophos Antivirus for Mac

Reviews of these tools and links to download them can be found  at


Microsoft provides additional tips for protecting your personal computer from malicious software.  Please see for details.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Service Desk via email at or by calling 414-382-6700.