McAfee Endpoint Protection

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About McAfee

General information about the software

Staff can install McAfee Endpoint Security on both University owned and personally owned Windows devices for free.

Windows version and components

Our current version of McAfee Endpoint Security is 10.5.

The McAfee components for the Windows platform installed 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.

Windows 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.


Managed PCs

System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) 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.

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

We are fully licensed to provide McAfee for such devices, please contact the Library & IT Help Desk for 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.


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