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Install McAfee Endpoint Security & Scan Your Computer for Viruses (Macintosh)

Note: Under a new university-wide contract, Sophos Intercept X Advanced is replacing McAfee endpoint protection at UMass Amherst. More information will follow.
For questions, contact the IT professional in your department as applicable, or IT User Services.

McAfee Endpoint Security is a program you can use to protect your computer files, programs, and email from viruses and malicious software (malware).

Note: These instructions are for the version of McAfee Endpoint Security available for students and use on personal, non-University-owned computers.

Obtain & Install McAfee Endpoint Security

  1. McAfee Endpoint Security is available at no cost to members of the UMass Amherst Community. Go to our McAfee Endpoint Security Download page and click McAfee Endpoint Security (at right).
    Note: You will be prompted for your IT Account NetID and password before downloading software.
  2. Once the download is complete, the installer will attempt to run automatically. You may be prompted to allow the program to determine whether it can be installed on your computer. Click Continue to begin the installation.
    Note: If the installer does not start automatically on your computer, find and double-click the McAfeeUMass-Mac.pkg file on your computer. The installer will mount as a drive on your computer and a McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac... window will open. Double-click the McAfeeUMass-Mac.pkg file to start the installation.
  3. Follow the installation prompts. When prompted to select a location for the Endpoint Security files, select your Mac OS X hard drive. You will be prompted for the Administrator name and password for your computer.
  4. When complete, an Install Succeeded message will appear. Click Close.

Update Virus Definitions

Updating your virus definitions will ensure that McAfee Endpoint Security recognizes new forms of malicious software. It is essential that you update your files to keep your computer virus free.

McAfee has a built-in feature that automatically downloads and installs updates for you, but you can also update your virus definitions manually:

  1. Connect to the Internet.
  2. Go to Applications > McAfee Endpoint Security. The McAfee Endpoint Security window will open.
  3. In the McAfee Endpoint Security window, click Update Now (at left), then click Start Update. When the update is complete, a Last Update Status: Successful message will appear on the screen.

Automatic Scanning & Updates

To configure McAfee Endpoint Security to perform updates and scan your computer automatically:

  1. Go to Applications > McAfee Endpoint Security. McAfee Endpoint Security will open.
  2. Once McAfee Endpoint Security is open, on the Apple toolbar, go to McAfee Endpoint Security > Preferences.... The McAfee Endpoint Security preferences window will open, on the General screen.
  3. On the General screen, click the lock (bottom left) to make changes to your McAfee Endpoint Security settings. You will be prompted for the Administrator name and password for your computer.
  4. On the General screen, make sure that On-access Scan: is set to ON, then click the Threat Prevention button (at top). The Threat Prevention screen will open, on the On-access Scan tab.
  5. On the Threat Prevention screen:
    • On the On-access Scan tab, from the Scan files while: drop-down menu, select Read & Write, then next to Also scan:, check the box next to Archives & Compressed Files. Note: Make sure that the box next to Apple Mail Messages is not checked.
    • Click the On-demand Scan tab, then make sure that next to Also scan:, the box next to Archives & Compressed Files is checked.
  6. On the McAfee Endpoint Security preferences window, click the Update button (at top). The Update screen will open.
  7. On the Update screen, click the Schedule tab, then under Check for anti-malware update, select how often and at what time you wish to have McAfee Endpoint Security search for updates to your virus and malware definitions. We recommend Daily, at a time of your choosing.
  8. On the preferences window, click Apply (bottom right), then click the Close button (top left).

Scan Your Computer

We recommend that you run full scans of your computer often (at least monthly) to keep it clean and secure.

  1. Go to Applications > McAfee Endpoint Security. The McAfee Endpoint Security window will open.
  2. In the McAfee Endpoint Security window, under Protection (at left), click Scan Now. The Scan Now screen will open.
  3. On the Scan Now screen:
    • From the drop-down menu under What to scan, select your entire hard drive. This is often labeled as Macintosh HD, but it may vary. It is represented by a gray hard drive icon.
      Note: If you have more than one hard drive installed on your computer, you will have to run separate scans for each.
    • Click Start Scan (upper right). McAfee Endpoint Security will begin scanning your computer for malware and will alert you of any threats it detects.