McAfee Endpoint Protection

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About McAfee

General information about the software

McAfee Endpoint Security is automatically installed and maintained on all managed PCs to provide virus and other protection.

Windows version and components

Our current version of McAfee Endpoint Security is 10.2.

The McAfee components for the Windows platform installed locally on managed PCs are:

  • McAfee Agent: communicates with local McAfee server, installs and updates all components
  • McAfee Endpoint Security Platform: common components for McAfee products.
  • McAfee Endpoint Security Threat Prevention: blocks already identified malware.

These components are available for installation on University owned unmanaged PCs and staff home PCs.

  • McAfee Endpoint Security Platform: common components for McAfee products.
  • McAfee Endpoint Security Threat Prevention: blocks already identified malware.
  • *McAfee Endpoint Security Firewall: a filter between the computer and the network.
  • *McAfee Endpoint Security Web Control: monitors each site that you access or browse, validates its safety ratings, and allows or blocks the site.

* Optional features that we don't recommend you install.

Windows PCs

Students

Classrooms

McAfee is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs.

Home use

The University's McAfee licence does not cover home use for students. However, there are a number of free anti-virus programs available. For Windows 7, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials.

Staff

Managed PCs

McAfee is installed by default on all supported office PCs.  

Unmanaged PCs owned by the University or by members of staff

Windows 8.1 and 10 users do not need to install McAfee as they already have an equivalent anti-virus software package, Windows Defender.

You will need to ensure Windows Defender is enabled.  Find out more on our Viruses and malware page (see the last two sections).

To install the McAfee Agent on Windows 7 and Vista, follow the instructions below.

  1. Download the McAfee Endpoint Security Windows installer.
  2. Once downloaded you need to extract the files from the zip file. Right click on the file and select Extract All… On the next screen, click Extract.
  3. Once the files have been extracted double click setupEp.exe. If prompted by UAC select Yes.
  4. Click Accept to accept the license agreement
  5. On the preparing to install screen click Continue.
  6. We recommend you untick the Firewall and Web Control options, then click Install.

Mac and Linux

Anti-virus for student owned Macs

The University's McAfee licence does not cover home use for students. However, there are alternative free and paid-for anti-virus programs available for a Mac.  We recommend the free Sophos anti-virus for Mac Home Edition.

Installing McAfee on a University or staff owned Mac

McAfee Endpoint Security supports Mavericks 10.9.x and newer.

Before installing McAfee on a Mac, ensure all previous anti-virus software is uninstalled, then follow the instructions below to install McAfee:

  1. Download the McAfee Endpoint Security installer.
  2. Double click the downloaded file in Finder, this will open another window. Double click the .pkg file.
  3. Continue through the prompts until the Installation Type screen, untick Firewall and Web Control and click continue.
  4. Finally, click Install.

Anti-virus for student owned Linux (Ubuntu) systems

The University's McAfee licence does not cover home use for students using a Linux (Ubuntu) system. However, there are a number of free and paid-for anti-virus programs available for Linux.  We would recommend the free ClamAV.

Installing McAfee on University or staff owned Linux (Ubuntu) systems

1. Download the McAfee Agent Linux installation

2. Open Terminal and switch to the location where you saved the installdeb.sh file.

3. Run these commands, giving root credentials when requested:

$ chmod +x ./installdeb.sh
$ sudo ./installdeb.sh ‑i

This will install the McAfee Agent which will monitor the health of McAfee products. 

Download the McAfee VirusScan Enterprise for Linux installer and extract into a temporary directory:

Before you begin the installation:

• Make sure that there is no user named as "nails" or group named as "nailsgroup" on the
computer.
• Make sure that you have "root" privileges to install VirusScan Enterprise for Linux.
• If you are installing VirusScan Enterprise for Linux on a 64‑bit RHEL 6.x system, ensure
that 32‑bit RHEL 6.x PAM libraries are also installed.
• If you are installing VirusScan Enterprise for Linux on a 64‑bit Ubuntu system, ensure
that 32‑bit Ubuntu libraries are also installed.

  1. From the terminal, go to the temporary directory and execute the following commands:
    • tar ‑zxvf McAfeeVSEForLinux‑1.9.0.<build number>‑release.tar.gz
    • tar ‑zxvf McAfeeVSEForLinux‑1.9.0.<build number>‑others.tar.gz
  2. To install McAfee Runtime, type the following command in the terminal window:
    • rpm ‑ivh MFErt.i686.rpm
  3. To install McAfee Agent (MA), type the following command in the terminal window:
    • rpm ‑ivh MFEcma.i686.rpm
  4. To confirm that the McAfee Agent is running correctly, type the following command in the terminal window:
    • /etc/init.d/cma status
  5. To install VirusScan Enterprise for Linux, type the following command in the terminal window:
    • bash McAfeeVSEForLinux‑1.9.0.<build number>‑installer
  6. Answer the questions when prompted. Accept the default values, or specify your own.
  7. When prompted to start the VirusScan services, select the default option "Y".
  8. To confirm that VirusScan Enterprise for Linux is running correctly, type the following command in the terminal window:
    • /etc/init.d/nails status

If VirusScan Enterprise does not install, please contact the Library & IT Help Desk giving details of any error messages encountered. 

Support

Support

If you have any problems or questions about McAfee, please contact the Library & IT Help Desk.

Keeping your Windows PC safe

The following information may be helpful for users on unmanaged PCs owned by the University or home PCs. If you are using a managed office or classroom PC, updates will be applied to your machine automatically.

Windows updates

Patches for Microsoft Windows are available from Windows Update, which can be found at Control Panel | System and Security | Windows Update on Windows 7, and Windows Settings | Update & security on Windows 10. You can set up your computer to download and install patches automatically, and we recommend that you do so.

Machines found to be infected with a virus, or which have scanning spyware, will be disconnected from the University network without notice.

Security

More information on keeping your computer up to date and protection against viruses and malicious software can be found on our security pages.