Protect your computer from viruses and malware. There are good free options available such as Microsoft Security Essentials and others that can help you stay safe online.
Your instructor will let you know if you will be using any other specific course content resources. There may be specific technical requirements for those systems. For example:
Your instructor may let you know if any of these 3rd party tools might be useful for your course.
Note - Be careful when installing or updating applications. Sometimes an unwanted toolbar or extra program may install also by default unless you deselect the options.
Other retailers may have educational discounts available. You may be asked to show your student ID (OneCard) or supply a valid college email address.