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Queen's University

Antivirus Software


Your computer or device should be running a reputable antivirus program that regularly updates and installs the latest virus definitions. Make sure that your virus definitions are always current and perform regular scans of your system.


Note:  Retirees and alumni are not eligible to obtain Queen's licensed antivirus software.


Faculty, Staff and Grad Students

Queen's faculty, staff and grad students are licensed to use Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP).  Licensed users can log in to MyQueensU and download the software from the link found under Software Centre.


The following links will take you to installation tutorials for each supported operating system. SCEP is available for:


Undergraduate Students, Alumni and Retirees 

Queen's University does not have licensed antivirus software for undergraduate students, alumni or Retirees use. 

  • ITServices recommends Microsoft Security Essentials for unlicensed Windows 7 users. 
  • Windows 8 comes pre-installed with Windows Defender and does not require you to install Security Essentials. 
  • Mac OS X users are encouraged to source an antivirus product of their choice.  


The following reviews will allow you to compare free and commercial AV programs that can be downloaded or purchased online. 


PC Users


Mac Users  

Help & Support

Please contact the IT Support Centre by calling 613.533.6666 during regular business hours or by filling out the online help form.




Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6 613.533.2000