Software

Freebies and deals for current students, staff, and faculty

  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus (Mac/Windows/Mobile): Current students, staff, faculty, and adjuncts are eligible for Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more! Allows for up to five installations, including mobile device installs.
  • Autodesk software (for Windows): Autodesk has many free offers for students and instructors, including Fusion 360, Inventor Professional, Revit, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Maya, and more!
  • DreamSpark Software (Mostly for Windows): With lots of tools for Engineering and Computer Science, the DreamSpark software includes Visual Studio, SQL Server, Expression Studio, Azure, MSFT Build Tools, SharePoint Designer, Virtual PC, Visual C++, Windows Server R2, and much more! Create your account with your SMU email address, and verify your account by checking your SMU email.
  • Parallels Desktop 10 (for Mac): Don't want to set up a dual-boot on your Mac? Consider purchasing Parallels with this generous discount! Parallels is a paid-for program that allows users to run a full Windows operating system alongside OS X on their Apple computer.

Protect your computer, your data, and yourself for free!

    It is recommended that users run virus/malware scans whenever a computer starts behaving strangely, if unknown programs begin to appear, or if facing sudden slowness issues.

    To combat cybercrime, viruses, malware, and more, the ITS Help Desk recommends that Windows users enable Windows Defender/ Microsoft Security Essentials, and run at least SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes routinely. Feel free to contact the ITS Help Desk if you would like recommendations, or wish to have assistance.


  • Microsoft Security Essentials (for Windows): Consider downloading Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). It's free, developed by Microsoft, and it protects your computer in real-time! Note that MSE is built into the Windows 8 and later Defender feature.
  • SuperAntiSpyware (for Windows): This free tool, known to work best in conjunction with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, does wonders to remove viruses, malware, adware, spyware, and more! Download the free version here, and be sure to run scans whenever your computer starts acting strangely, or runs slower than normal.
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (for Windows): Here's another great tool to help keep yourself and your computer safe from malware, spyware, adware, and more. Download the free version here, and run it in conjunction with SuperAntiSpyware for best results.
  • AdwCleaner (for Windows): Another phenomenal tool for removing adware, PUPs, pesky toolbars, and hijacked web browsers, AdwCleaner is another powerful, free tool to have on your side.
  • Sophos (for Mac): Think your Apple computer is safe from viruses? Think again! As Macs become more popular, they also become a more popular target for cybercrime. Download Sophos for free here!.