Recommended Software and Computer Protection


Download Java Software

You will need to have Java software installed in order for certain areas of the courseware system to function properly. Visit to learn more about the Java software and to download it for free.

Not sure if you have Java installed?
Windows users: Verify your Java version. Note: if you recently completed your Java installation, you may need to restart your browser (close all browser windows and re-open) before verifying the version.
Mac users: Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.

Adobe Reader

Download the free Adobe Reader plug-in
In order to view PDF documents, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed with the latest version available for your operating system.
Use the Get Adobe Reader link below to download the plug-in, then follow the installation instructions available on the download page.
Get Adobe Reader 

Adobe Flash

Download Adobe Flash Player
Some areas of our Web site and online courses contain animations or videos. To view these interactive components, your computer must have the latest free version of Adobe Flash Player installed for your operating system.
Below is a link to download the free Flash Player. Installation instructions and support information are available on the download page.
Get Flash Player


Where can I get Antivirus Software?
If you don’t have an antivirus program installed, you can obtain a free, personal edition from several reliable vendors. Visit one of the sites listed below to download virus protection software, and follow the provided instructions for installation and usage.
AVG Anti Virus Free Edition for Windows* AntiVir Personal Edition for Windows* Agax Anti-Virus for Macintosh* The most important step when using antivirus software is to keep it current, as it relies on regular updates to guard against the latest threats. Updates are typically available through your antivirus vendor.
More information is available at:
Microsoft's Security at Home Web site

* Please note that Blue Mountain College is not responsible for preventing virus infections or providing technical support for any antivirus software you may choose to install.


Detect and Remove Spyware
As these programs are different than computer viruses, your antivirus software may not be able to detect and remove all instances of spyware. It is recommended that you use one or more anti-spyware programs.

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