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Antivirus for Personal Devices

The steps on this page provide guidance for personal devices. For more information about University-owned devices, answers to frequently asked questions, guidance for IT support staff in departments, and general information about the antivirus transition, please visit our antivirus transition home page.

Installing an Antivirus Solution

Although Microsoft Defender ATP is not available for students, faculty, and staff members' personally-owned devices, the following alternative antivirus solutions provide excellent protection and can be installed at no cost. Select and install one option from the list below:

Other antivirus tools also provide good protection and can be installed at your discretion. View a list of antivirus tools compatible with PittNet VPN (Pulse Secure).  ‚Äč

Activating Defender for Personal Use

If you choose Windows Defender as your antivirus solution, it may activate automatically on your personal Windows device. However, sometimes when you uninstall a different antivirus app, it may not activate. Take the steps below to ensure Windows Defender is activated:

Windows 10

1. Select Start and click Settings.

2. Scroll down and click Update & Security.

3. Click Windows Security.

4. Click Virus & threat protection.

5. Click Manage settings (or Virus & threat protection settings in previous versions of Windows 10).

6. Ensure Real-time protection is On.

Windows 8.1 and 8

  1. Use the search function to search for Defender. Then, click on Microsoft Defender.
  2. Select the Settings tab.
  3. Check the option, "Turn on real-time protection (recommended)."
  4. Click Save to save changes and complete the process.

Adding Anti-malware Protection

For maximum protection, Pitt IT recommends using Defender for traditional antivirus, combined with Malwarebytes’ anti-exploit system to guard against ransomware and zero-day attacks. Malwarebytes is available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff through Pitt IT’s Software Download Service. Note that a reboot may be required after installation of these products.

Product List

Malwarebytes

Students (for Personal Use)

Product Operating Systems Cost Expiration Date

Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes Premium)

Mac

No Cost

One year based on installation date

Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes)

Windows

No Cost

August 31

Faculty / Staff / Depts.

Product Operating Systems Personal Purchase by Faculty & Staff Departmental Purchase Annual Maintenance Renewal Date Available through Software Download Service
Cost Includes Home Use Rights

Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes)

Mac

No Cost

No Cost

Yes

Yes - one year based on installation date

Yes

Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes)

Windows

No Cost

No Cost

Yes

Yes - based on installation date

Yes

For additional information, visit Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes For Windows Resources

Malwarebytes For Mac Resources

For assistance, please contact The 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357). Questions can also be submitted online.