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Desktop Services: Useful Software Downloads for Students

The following links will take you to the download choices for each company. Please make sure that you have chosen the free download, as other versions which include fees may be offered.

We can offer tips on getting these programs to work, but we cannot send a technician out or guarantee that they will work.


Having an up-to-date browser is as important as Internet technology changes and improves. Any of the browsers below should meet your Internet browsing needs.

Google Chrome (Windows and Mac)

Microsoft Internet Explorer (Windows)

Mozilla Firefox (Windows and Mac)

Apple Safari (Mac)

Antivirus Software

CIT recommends the built-in Windows Defender for Windows 8, Microsoft Security Essentials for PCs running Windows 7, and Sophos for Apple computers.

Windows Defender (Windows 8)
Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7/Vista/XP)
Sophos Anti-Virus (Mac)

You may also purchase or download other antivirus programs including AVG, Avast, McAfee, Norton, or Trend Micro.

Spyware detection and removal software

Some antivirus programs have spyware detection and removal built in. You may have to use more than one program to catch all of the problems. Free software programs you can use include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, Ad-aware and Spybot.


Windows Update

Computer Security and Maintenance


Plug-ins are enhancements for your browser (often running as stand-alone programs as well) that allow you to view movies, interactive games, and documents through your browser. These can add a great deal to your Web browsing experience. Be careful to choose the free download versions to avoid extra fees.

Adobe Shockwave and Flash players - Play many games and mini-applications online, and get full use out of certain interactive Web sites that have coordinated visual and sound cues, making for a more exciting Web experience. (This site features all Adobe products. Free versions of Shockwave and Flash are to the right.)

Adobe Acrobat Reader - View PDF files, widely used for Web publishing. (Acrobat Reader also found to the right.)

QuickTime - Watch movie clips and other interactive media online.