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Sophos To Replace McAfee for Anti-Virus Protection at UMass Amherst

March 22, 2019

Originally published 3/5/2019:

Starting this March, members of the campus community have a new anti-virus software available for their university-owned and personal computers. Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR and Sophos Home will replace McAfee endpoint protection as the preferred anti-virus solution on campus.

  • In departments where IT support is available, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their IT support staff for more information on the Sophos software.
  • For university-owned devices that are not managed by central IT or departmental IT staff, follow these instructions to download and install Sophos.
  • The Sophos package is available at no cost for personally-owned computers for students, faculty, and staff. Follow these instructions to access the Sophos home use portal at
  • IT professionals who manage and provide support for university-owned devices can join weekly Sophos migration meetings on Thursdays at 10 a.m. in 750 Du Bois Library.

If you are currently using university-provided McAfee endpoint protection on your computer(s), please remember to uninstall the software by March 31, 2019, when the university's contract with McAfee expires.

Please contact IT User Services at 413-545-TECH (8324) or if you have further questions about how to obtain Sophos software, or experience any issues installing the software.