Antivirus Software

IT is strongly committed to providing all university students, faculty, and staff with a safe, stable, virus-free computing environment.  You can help keep your computer and your data safe by following "safe practices" for browsing the internet. Windows Defender is provided on all university-owned computers and recommended to faculty, staff, and students for home and personal Windows 10 computer use.  This is part of an ongoing effort to provide a secure network environment to the campus community.

Campus computers are automatically updated with patches and security updates - notifications of these updates are posted here.  It is important to check regularly for updates if you're running an antivirus or anti-malware program on your computer.  Most antivirus software packages give you the option to automatically check for updates and download them.  If you have this option turned on, you won't have to worry about remembering to look for the most recent version of your antivirus software.

Norton Antivirus Update Page:

IT does not support or distribute Norton Antivirus, but if you have it installed on your machine and need updated virus definitions, please go to the following link:

Additional Downloads:



  • Microsoft recommends all customers to move to Windows 10 and the provided antivirus software, Windows Defender Antivirus, for the best security option. 

Do you have a concern regarding computing security on campus?

The Missouri S&T Campus Security Task Force consists of faculty and students focused on working as a sounding board for computing security issues.  Email concerns or questions to the Campus Security Task Force.

As always, IT is more than happy to handle any technical details regarding your security questions or concerns. You can submit a Help Desk Ticket or contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-4357 (HELP).