Computer Recommendations and Free Downloads

The College of Mount Saint Vincent recommends that students purchase a Windows laptop. However, desktops and Macs are also acceptable devices on our campus network. Below are our recommended specifications:

Recommended Computer Specifications

Basic Recommendations Preferred Recommendations
Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 8.1 Professional
4 GB of RAM At least 8 GB of Ram
250 GB SATA Hard Drive 2 TB SATA Hard Drive
Intel i5 processor Intel i7 processor
Built-in wireless capabilities (802./11b/g/n, 54 Mbps) (For laptops only) Built-in wireless capabilities (802./11b/g/n, 54 Mbps) (For laptops only)
DVD-ROM Drive DVD-RW/ CD-RW Combo Drive
Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student (For  a Windows Computer) Microsoft Office 2013 Professional (For a Windows Computer)
Microsoft Office 2011 (For a MAC Computer) Microsoft Office 2011 (For a MAC Computer)
A 3 year warranty A 4 year warranty

Computer Discount Deals

All College of Mount Saint Vincent Students are eligible to receive a 10% discount on computer products from Dell Computers and Apple Inc.  The links to access these discount sites are below:

Free Downloads

The Computer Services department provides its students with some links to recommended software solutions. Downloading these tools may solve some problems that you may be experiencing on your computer.

Free Anti-Virus Tools

Software Reason for Download and Use
Grisoft’s AVG Free Anti-Virus Software Detect and remove unwanted computer viruses and worms
Microsoft Security Essentials Provides Comprehensive virus and spyware protection
McAfee Stinger Remove viruses attacking Microsoft vulnerabilities
Avast! Free Antivirus Excellent Tool for PC real-time virus protection
Avira AntiVir Personal – Free Antivirus Another great free antivirus tool
Sophos Free Anti-Virus protection for Apple computers

 

Free Anti-Spyware Tools

Software Reason For Download/ Use
Windows Defender Get rid of and detect unwanted spyware in real-time
Malware Bytes Anti-Malware An excellent tool to get rid of computer malware
Combofix Scan for unwanted Malware and Spyware
Ad-Aware Great tool to get rid of many spyware/malware issues
Spybot Search and Destroy Another great tool to get rid of many spyware issues
Sophos Endpoint Security and Data Protection Anti-Spyware protection for Apple computers
BiteFinder Adware Removal Tool Another excellent tool for getting rid of MAC Antispyware

 

 Other Tools and Software

Software Reason For Download/ Use
Windows Updates Protect your computer with the latest Microsoft security patches
DiskCryptor Protect important files by encrypting files and folders on any drive
Microsoft Office Training A great site for self-paced training of various Microsoft Office products