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

McAfee Endpoint Security is a program you can use to protect your computer files, programs, and email fromviruses 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.

Use Only One Anti-virus Application

Running more than one antivirus program may seem like a good idea, but it actually causes more harm than good. First, it may slow down your computer as two or more programs consume more of your computer's hardware resources. Second and more importantly, each antivirus program will interpret the activity of the other as a virus. This will yield false virus alerts.

UMass Amherst IT provides the latest installation files and technical support for McAfee Endpoint Security; it does not do so for any other antivirus program. UMass Amherst IT recommends that you use Endpoint Security as your sole antivirus software.

Before you download and install Endpoint Securit, make sure you uninstall any other antivirus software (e.g., Norton AntiVirus, Sophos) you have on your computer. If you have an earlier version of Endpoint Security, it will be replaced by the new version you are installing, but you will be asked whether you wish to keep your existing settings (e.g., automatic updates, scheduled scans, etc.).

Download & Install Endpoint Security

  1. Endpoint Security is free to members of the UMass Community. On our Endpoint Security page click Download.
    Note: You will be prompted for your IT Account NetID and password before downloading software.
  2. Save the installation file McAfee-UMass.exe to your computer.
  3. After the download is complete, double-click McAfee-UMass.exe to begin installing Endpoint Security.
  4. Follow the instructions in the install wizard. After you are done installing Endpoint Security, you should update its Virus Definitions before you scan your computer.

Update Your Virus and Spyware Definitions

Updating your virus and spyware definitions will ensure that Endpoint Security recognizes new viruses and other forms of malware.

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  2. Go to your Windows system tray (near the clock, typically in the lower-right corner of your screen).
  3. In the Windows system tray, right-click the Endpoint Security icon. Select Update Now…
  4. The McAfee AutoUpdate window will open and show you the progress of the update.

    Note: The amount of time taken to complete the update will vary based on the speed of your Internet connection and the amount of information that Endpoint Security needs to download.

Run an On-Demand Scan

UMass Amherst IT recommends that you run an On-Demand Scan at least once a month.

  1. On the desktop, in the Windows system tray (bottom right), right-click the Endpoint Security icon.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select On-Demand Scan.
  3. In the On-Demand Scan Properties window, on the Scan Locations tab, make sure All local drives is included in the Scan Locations. This will ensure that your main hard drive will be scanned.
  4. Click the Start button (at right) to begin the scan. The On-Demand Scan Progress window will open and display the current progress of the scan.
    Note: A full scan may take up to an hour or more. Make sure not to leave your computer unattended if you are in a public place.
  5. When the scan is complete, click Close to close the On-Demand Scan Progress window.
  6. To close the On-Demand Scan Properties window, click the red X (top right). When prompted to save the scan settings, click No.