Protection Software

Protection Software Research


Students will read about and share their findings on various anti-virus, and other software designed to protect a computer from attackers.


Anti-virus and other software is used to keeps computers safe and prevent issues related to viruses, malware, and other harmful software.

Many people don’t use this software or only use the software that came with their computer. Students should look at the options available and determine their recommendations.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of anti-virus and other software.
  • Recommend a software product based on related factors.


  • For the Teacher

  • For the Students



Teaching Guide

Getting Started:

  • Anatomy of a Virus (Stuxnet)


Lookup and research software for:

  • Antivirus
  • Anti-spyware
  • Adware, Spyware
  • Firewalls
  • Hardware maintenance
    • Defragment
    • Disk Clearner

Fill out accompanying worksheet.

  • Nova Cyber Labs
    • When students complete the research, go through the nova cyber activity.



  • What tools do you currently use on your computer?
  • What are tools you would like to install and use going forward?
  • What would you recommend to your parents or grand parents?

Everyday Cybercrime


Assessment Questions

What is the purpose of each:

  • Firewall
  • Anti-virus software
  • Anti-spyware

Extended Learning

EFF Browser Extensions Lesson


EFF End-to-end Encryption communication


EFF How to use Signal Lesson