Antivirus Software

All computers must have a valid antivirus program that is configured to receive daily updates. Central College currently does not license an antivirus software for non-Central computers.

Note: Many new computers are bundled with a trial version of anti-virus software, which expires in 30 – 90 days. If this is true for your computer, be sure to uninstall that software and then install an alternative in its place. Do not have multiple antivirus software on your computer. More than one antivirus software does not provide more protection, but causes problems.

You MUST have a full version of an antivirus program loaded onto your computer.

Look below to find an anti-virus program appropriate for your machine, and click to visit their website.

Windows Only Antivirus

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7 or later
  • Disk Space: 151 MB
  1. Windows 8, 8.1, or 10: Enable built-in Windows Defender by following this advice.
  2. Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials

Antivirus Software for Windows and Mac

IMPORTANT: Some versions of Mac OS X have a feature that prevents you from downloading 3rd-party software.  Before downloading an anti-virus (or any other 3rd-party programs), you must deactivate this feature.

  1. Go to your System Preferences underneath the Apple menu
  2. Click on the icon labeled Security & Privacy
  3. Click the lock icon in the bottom left corner.  You will need to enter your computer password if you have one.
  4. Underneath “Allow apps downloaded from:” select the option Anywhere.  You should now be able to download Sophos Anti-Virus.

  • Sophos Home

    (The free version is actually the premium version for the first 30 days, after which you can choose to pay for the premium version or drop down to the free version.)

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, or Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher
  • Memory:Minimum 1 GB of RAM
  • Disk Space: Minimum 1 GB of free disk space
  • Web Browsers for the Sophos Home DashboardMicrosoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or later, Apple Safari, Google Chrome. or Mozilla Firefox

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7,Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, or macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 1.5 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 1024 MB of RAM
  • Disk Space: Minimum 1 GB of free disk space

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 7,Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, or macOS 10.9 (Mavericks) or later
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 or an Intel base Mac
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM minimum
  • Disk Space: Minimum 2 GB free space on Windows or 256 MB minimum on Mac


IMPORTANT: Multiple anti-virus programs do not make your computer ‘double-protected’; instead multiple anti-virus programs cause your computer to slow down and may not protect your computer at all.  During the Sophos installation, some existing anti-virus software products will be automatically removed; to be on the safe side, manually remove any existing anti-virus products prior to installation of Sophos.

Edited: 8/24/2019