Office 365 allows you to download the Office suite for free on up to 5 personal devices.
The Mount has purchased a ChemDoodle academic site license which allows for unlimited campus use in addition to personal use activation codes until May 23, 2014. Each eligibile campus user with a MSVU.CA email address will recieve a unique personal activation code to activate ChemDoodle on 2 personal computers.
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Minitab & Minitab Express
The Mount has an Annual Enterprise License (AEL) of Minitab. The AEL allows for unlimited usage for home use for authorized users. A student (whether full time or part time) qualifies as an authorized user if he or she is enrolled in coursework that results in receipt of credits (excluding certificate programs and continuing education credits) towards a degree at the Mount.
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Note: you will need to provide your Mount network username and password to access the software for download.
Sage 50 Accounting
Sage provides students will the free Sage 50 Acccounting student version which can be installed on your home computer for studying and homework purposes. The student version is accessible for 14 months after installation.
Sage 50 Accounting Student Version Download
SAS onDemand for Academics
SAS OnDemand for Academics provides a no-cost online delivery model to professors for teaching and students for learning data management and analytics. By connecting to a SAS server in the cloud, users access the analytical power of SAS software through a user-friendly, point-and-click interface.
SAS onDemand Installation Instructions
E-Academy currently offers IBM SPSS for rent at discounted prices.
For students who have access to a computer with internet off campus, IBM SPSS can be rented for home use during your course. This provides students with the convenience of having access to software at home. You will need your university email address to verify that you are a student enrolled at the Mount. To rent software, contact E-Academy directly via its website http://www.onthehub.com/. Please note that the Mount does not provide technical support for software rented through E-Academy. Should you have any difficulties related to the software downloaded from E-Academy, you must contact E-Academy directly.
For students who do not have any antivirus protection on their computer, there are a few free antivirus options such as Avast! Antivirus and Microsoft Security Essentials.
Free Ad-Aware (Pop-up Remover)
There is another big threat to home PC's, this is Adware. It is ok to have a couple of different anti-adware programs running, they do not seem to conflict with each other.
A company that offers a free anti-adware program is LavaSoft.
Additional Antivirus notes
Some viruses are really "smart". The have the ability to hide from antivirus programs. There are a couple of extra things you can do to try and eradicate these troublesome viruses.
Safe Mode - Windows has a mode called safe mode that loads the minimal amount of software that will allow Windows to run. In this mode you can still run Ad-Aware and the Antivirus programs. The advantage of running these programs while in Safemode is that a virus that may be able to mask its presence is usually not loaded in Safemode. This often allows the antivirus to locate and remove even these "smart" viruses:
- To get into smart mode, hit "F8", the key above #9 key when the PC is booting. There is a bit of timing involved, you need to hit the key just before windows starts loading, try tapping the key once per second after restarting your pc and you get a picture on your monitor. If your timing is good, you will get a text screen and near the top is an entry that says "safe mode" use the up arrow to move up to that entry and hit the enter key.
- Once Windows finishes loading, it will say that it is in a special diagnostic mode.
- Run the Ad-Aware and Antivirus programs in this mode. Once Scanning and repairs are finished, restart the pc and allow it boot normally.