Antivirus Protection

Fordham University provides Bitdefender antivirus software, available as a free download to students, staff, and faculty.

Antivirus protection is essential to protect your computer from virus and malware infections. Fordham Network Access Control (NAC) requires that all computers have a supported antivirus package installed. If your computer does not have supported antivirus software, access to Fordham's network will be limited.

In addition to installing antivirus software, good cyber hygiene is key for protecting your devices from cyber attacks and viruses. Educate yourself by taking our free, self-paced online Cyber Security Awareness training. It can be found under "My Organizations" in Blackboard, accessed at

Faculty and Staff who use the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) should NOT download any antivirus software to their device. Antivirus software and their automatic security updates are applied to VDI on a regular basis.

Download Free and Supported Antivirus Software
Bitdefender antivirus is provided free to all students, faculty, and staff. Before downloading the application, you will need to provide your Fordham AccessIT ID and password, and provide multi-factor authentication. Fordham's network allows other antivirus software, but Fordham IT only provides full support and free downloads for Bitdefender. 


macOS & OS X

  • Download Bitdefender Endpoint Security for Mac
    • If Symantec Endpoint is installed, follow this removal process
    • macOS and OS X 10.10 through 10.13 (Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, and High Sierra) are supported
      • If you are running OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) or earlier, we recommend upgrading the operating system
        • Contact IT Customer Care for assistance