[Athen] Accessible Anti Virus Software

Bishop, Jeff - (jeffbis) jeffbis at email.arizona.edu
Tue May 30 07:31:00 PDT 2017

Try Vipre.

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Timothy Breitenfeldt
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:27 PM
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Subject: [Athen] Accessible Anti Virus Software

Hi, I am looking for an accessible, up to date, good anti virus software. I have used Avast for years, but it seems with every recent update, Avast has become less accessible. Recently, Avast became completely unusable, so I am on the hunt for a new accessible anti virus software for my computer. I am trying to contact Avast to let them know this issue, but I am having no luck.

Even if the anti virus provides an accessible means of interacting with the anti virus software completely through the command line, that would be dueable.

I have been doing some testing, and found all of these not usable.
Some might be some what accessible, but not usable with a screen reader.
I am focusing my search to free anti virus software, if I find one that is accessible, and needs a registration, I will pay for it, but I don't want to pay for something that I can not use.
free AVG not usable
bitdefender not usable
Avast not usable
Nortin (I have not tried it recently, but I don't recall Nortin ever being accesible)

I have been shocked at the number of inaccessible anti virus software I have found. Luckily most anti virus software performs automatic scans, and requires little attention, but there are times when you need to interact with it, and screen reader users should be able to maintain there own computers.

I am majoring in computer science and considering specializing in cyborg security, so I would really like to find a tool that will work.

I know that Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty accessible, but all the research I have done, has shown that MSE does not provide great protection.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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