University of California, Riverside


Antispyware / Antivirus

Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware @ UCR

UCR provides anti-virus software from Sophos, which also now includes anti-spyware protection.  C&C suggests using an additional anti-spyware package in conjunction with Sophos and recommends Malwarebytes. The campus has purchased a site license for Sophos and it is available at no cost to all staff and faculty. In addition, C&C suggests the Operating System firewall remain active on all computers (ie., Microsoft Firewall, OSX Firewall, etc).

For personal Windows-based computers, faculty, staff and students can use Microsoft Windows Defender, it is  included in Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems, and has no fees, or within the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft Security Essentials is pre-installed under the Windows Action Center.  In addition, Sophos for home use is available at no cost for both Mac and Windows computers.  Only one AntiVirus software package can be installed at a time so users can decide between Sophos or Windows Defender on Windows machines.

If you encounter any difficulties downloading or utilizing Sophos or Windows Defender, please contact the Computing Help Desk ( or dial x24848).

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541