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Computer Security and Virus Protection

The following pages offer practical advice on securing and protecting computer systems used by Cardiff University staff and students. Advice is included for home, laptop, student and campus systems. Anti-virus software, available under site license to Cardiff University staff and students only, is offered where appropriate.

Further advice and guidance for staff and students is available on the INSRV Security Team Wiki

Anti-virus software licensing

The table below shows the current University Anti-virus solutions by user and operating system.


        The table below shows the current university Antivirus solutions by user and operating system.
Operating SystemSoftware for University-owned computersSoftware for staff-owned computersSoftware for student-owned computers
Windows 7/8/10* (32 and 64 bit)Sophos Sophos Sophos
Mac OS 10*Sophos Sophos Sophos
Linux*SophosClam AV Clam AV

Server owners should contact INSRV for security and anti-virus support.

*Tablets not currently supported.


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Securing your computer

To learn more about securing your system, or to access the University Provided anti-virus software relevant to your system, please select an operating system from the links below

If you suspect you may already have a virus, and need advice on virus detection and removal, please refer to the Virus Removal pages.

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Identifying virus and security threats

To learn more about Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Phishing or many of the other threats, please refer to the Terminology pages.

To see examples of Phishing scam email messages received by Cardiff University, please refer to the Phishing Scams pages.

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