University of Wisconsin–Madison

Antivirus software for Personally Owned Devices

Antivirus software is used to prevent, detect and remove malicious software. The Office of Cybersecurity’s recommendations for antivirus software are listed below.


  • Helps detect and remove viruses from your computer
  • Provides added safety when working remotely from your personal device

Getting started

Please read all instructions prior to taking any actions:

Personally Owned Windows Devices:
Personally Owned macOS Devices:

While macOS does have built-in security features to protect against malicious/unwanted applications and files, it is beneficial to supplement this built-in protection with antivirus software. Recommended antivirus solutions for faculty, staff and students are below:

  • Faculty & Staff: Cybersecurity recommends utilizing Trend Micro Maximum Security to protect Macs owned by faculty and staff. You can learn more about Trend Micro on campus here, and instructions on obtaining a license and installation is available here.
  • Students & Emeritus: Cybersecurity recommends utilizing freely available antivirus solutions to protect Macs owned by students and Emeritus. Cybersecurity is aware of reputable, freely available antivirus software listed here.

Terms of use

Faculty and staff: check with your department IT administrator before installing any of these products.



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