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McAfee Endpoint Security is automatically installed and maintained on all managed PCs to provide virus and other protection.
Our current version of McAfee Endpoint Security is 10.2.
The McAfee components for the Windows platform installed locally on managed PCs are:
These components are available for installation on University owned unmanaged PCs and staff home PCs.
* Optional features that we don't recommend you install.
McAfee is installed on all IT Services classroom PCs.
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.
McAfee is installed by default on all supported office PCs.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
• Make sure that there is no user named as "nails" or group named as "nailsgroup" on the
• 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.
If VirusScan Enterprise does not install, please contact the Library & IT Help Desk giving details of any error messages encountered.
If you have any problems or questions about McAfee, please contact the Library & IT Help Desk.
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.
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.