McAfee Endpoint Protection

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About McAfee

General information about the software

We are in the process of migrating away from McAfee to System Center Endpoint Protection. We will provide further details as we transition.

Staff with Windows 7 are strongly advised to upgrade to Windows 10 (remember that you must upgrade before 14 January 2020, as no further security updates will be available after that date). Until you're able to upgrade, you can access System Center Endpoint Protection via your Departmental Computing Officer or the Library and IT Help Desk.

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

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

Students

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

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.

Staff with Windows 7 are strongly advised to upgrade to Windows 10 (remember that you must upgrade before 14 January 2020, as no further security updates will be available after that date). Until you're able to upgrade, ask your Departmental Computing Officer to provide you with the System Center Endpoint Protection Standalone installer.
  1. Once you've downloaded the installer, 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.
  2. Once the files have been extracted, double click scepinstall.exe. If prompted by UAC, select Yes.
  3. Click Next then I Accept to accept the license agreement
  4. Select I do not want to join the program at this time
  5. Check the box If no firewall is turned on, turn on Windows Firewall
  6. 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.

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.

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.