Student IT Site
Mercer IT has compiled several free software downloads that are frequently used by students. Click on the appropriate link to download the software. Should your computer produce an Unknown File Type error, click Save As, and continue the installation.

Antivirus Tools
Microsoft Store Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.
Avast Avast!
Avast! antivirus is free for home use only. You must register with the vendor to use the software at no charge.
AVG

AVG Free
Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows. Limited features, no support. For private and non-commercial use only.

ClamXav

ClamXav
Virus protection for the MAC OS X.

Symantec
Tool removes a failed installation or a damaged Norton product.  The Norton Removal Tool uninstalls all Norton products (2003-2009), Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0 from your computer.

 

Spyware/Adware Removal Tools
Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes
Spyware removal tool.

Spybot Search and Destroy Spybot
Spyware removal tool.
Microsoft Windows Defender

Microsoft
Microsoft’s spyware protection.

Ad-Aware Free Lavasoft Ad-Aware
Spyware removal tool.

 

Browsers
Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer

Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer
Microsoft's web browser installer.

Google Chrome
The fast, free browser that's built for the modern web.
Mozilla Firefox Mozilla Firefox
An Internet browser alternative to Internet Explorer.  By using Firefox, you may be able to avoid security exploits, spyware, etc. that can be obtained by using Internet Explorer. 
Apple Safari

Apple Safari
Internet browser for both Macintosh and Windows.

 

FTP Client
FileZilla

FileZilla
FileZilla is a fast and reliable cross-platform FTP, FTPS and SFTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive graphical user interface.

 

File Compression
Winzip

Winzip
Software to open .zip archives. 

 

File Viewers
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Application necessary to view .pdf files. 

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
The Compatibility Pack, when installed in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, opens, edits, and saves files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats.
Microsoft Office Word Viewer

Microsoft Office Word Viewer
Software designed to view Word (.doc) files.

Microsoft Office PowerpPoint Viewer Microsoft Office Powerpoint Viewer
Software designed to view PowerPoint (.ppt) files.
Microsoft Office Excel Viewer Microsoft Office Excel Viewer
Software designed to view Excel (.xls) files.
Apple Quicktime Apple
An installer for Apple's video and audio streaming and playback software. Will download a much larger file directly from Apple.
Adobe Flash Player Adobe
A plug-in necessary to view flash based content.
Sun Microsystems Java Plugin Sun Microsystems
Java runtime application. Required to use certain applications on Blackboard.

VLC Media Player
Free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

 





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