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Student Software

The information and links below are provided as a resource to the NOVA computing community. Please review all documentation and system requirements before installing any software on your system. You may need to contact the software manufacturer for assistance if you encounter any major problems with the installation.

Free Antivirus Software

Students, Faculty and Staff with Blackboard accounts can download free Antivirus Software by going to - after login, scroll down to the following section to download: 
"VCCS: FREE! Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition FREE Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition for Students, Faculty and Staff."

Free Anti-Spyware Software

Other Software

Additional Software Resources

  • OpenOffice - This is a FREE suite of products very similar to Microsoft Office.
  • Apple iWork - This is Apple’s own suite of applications similar to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It's FREE on all new Macs, iPhone and iPads, and there is a FREE cloud version. If you have an older Apple device, the entire suite that you can keep is much cheaper than Microsoft Office.
  • Google Docs - You have already have access to Google Docs through your Student Email. Log in through My Nova on the College home page. Click on Gmail, then click on MORE on the Black Search Tool Bar at the top of the page and click on EVEN MORE.

NOTE: Although NOVA is not a listed partner, NOVA students are offered the current discounts for their purchases once they have completed the registration process.

If you need further assistance please contact the IT Help Desk at 703.426.4141 or email us at

The software is provided for your convenience. Installation will be done at your own risk. No Support will be provided by the college IT Help Desk or any other Northern Virginia Community College entity for this software. The integrity of your data is your personal responsibility, and it is recommended that you have an up-to-date backup of your hard disk before downloading the software. Northern Virginia Community College cannot accept responsibility for any disruption, damage and/or loss of data on your computer system that may occur while using the software.