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Use Anti-Virus Software

Note: Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced is replacing McAfee endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information will follow.
For questions, contact the IT professional in your department as applicable, or IT User Services.

Using anti-virus software is the single most important thing you can do to protect your computer and personal information against viruses and other malicious software. The University provides Sophos anti-virus software for free to all members of the UMass Amherst community. Download the latest version today.

Install Sophos

For Windows, Mac or Linux


  • Sophos anti-virus software is available for free to all members of the UMass Amherst community.
  • Anti-virus software is constantly changing.  Make sure you have the latest version of the software and that your software is up-to-date with the latest anti-virus definitions.
  • It’s not enough just to install anti-virus software! Use it on a regular basis to scan your hard drive, storage devices, and other files for viruses and malware.
  • To protect the campus network, computers infected with viruses or malware may be disconnected from the Internet.

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