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Note: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint has replaced Sophos Intercept X Advanced endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information about the transition to Microsoft Defender.
For questions about Microsoft Defender, contact your area's IT Administrator, or get in touch with IT User Services.

Using anti-virus software is the single most important thing you can do to protect computers and personal information against viruses and other malicious software. 

UMass Amherst university-managed computers are now protected with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.

Information for Personally Owned Computers
  • For personally-owned computers running windows, we recommend using the version of Microsoft Defender that is built into Windows (no further action is necessary).
  • For personally owned computers running Mac OS or Linux, you may continue to use the Sophos Home for personal use, or choose from other free anti virus solutions.