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 http://learn.vccs.edu/webapps/portal - 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
- Free Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus and One Drive - Microsoft Office 365 is a subscription-based cloud service that is FREE to students, faculty and staff. You can load it on up to 5 devices. Even though it is a full version of Office, you need to load some software on your computer or mobile device. Click here to access Office 365 and use your full VCCS student email address as your username (ex. VCCS email@example.com) and your VCCS student password to log into the site, then follow Microsoft’s directions to set up the software. There is also a link on Blackboard. You only have free access while you are a student. If you need assistance with getting access to Microsoft Office 365, contact the NOVA IT Help Desk, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. You also have unlimited cloud storage on Microsoft One Drive when you use your VCCS student email as your login while you are affiliated with NOVA. Google also provides unlimited cloud storage on Google Drive.
- Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010 File Formats (allows you to open, edit and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010)
- Substantial Discounts on Software (including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office)
- MS the Ultimatesteal Program for MS Office Ultimate 2010
- Adobe Reader (for reading PDF files)
- Adobe Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver and other Adobe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.