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By nature, the world of antivirus protection changes every day. To protect yourself, always back up your data, run the latest version of your antivirus software, and set your antivirus software to regularly scan your computer and check for updates.

About Antivirus Clients

Vanderbilt licenses Microsoft System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP) as the preferred virus-scanning product for Vanderbilt-owned computers through its Microsoft Campus Agreement. SCEP offers deployment and management tools, and the software supports Windows, Mac and Linux devices.

Vanderbilt also licenses McAfee VirusScan for Mac for use on Vanderbilt- and student-owned Macs. Vanderbilt's McAfee subscription expires at the end of 2015. Departments should plan to use SCEP after December 2015. Starting Jan.  2016, Vanderbilt does not offer an antivirus solution for student-owned computers, but VUIT recommends that students use a product that receives high marks from independent test labs.

Supported Antivirus Clients (Vanderbilt-Owned Computers)

These antivirus clients are for use on Vanderbilt-owned computers.

OS Client System Requirements Notes
 Windows Microsoft SCEP 2012 R2–Win (Win 7/8/8.1)  Installation Instructions
Mac Microsoft SCEP 2012 R2–Mac (Intel 64, Mac OS X 10.6-10.10)  
Mac McAfee VirusScan 9.7    OS X 10.7-10.10 McAfee VirusScan for Mac subscription to expire end of 2015
 Linux Microsoft SCEP 2012 R2–Linux
AMD | i386
(AMD) and (i386)  

Antivirus Solutions (Student- and Employee-Owned Computers)

For student- and employee-owned computers, users are encouraged to find an antivirus solution for their machines. Note that McAfee is only available to Vanderbilt students.

OS Client System Requirements Notes
Mac Microsoft Security Essentials Windows 7 MS Documentation
Mac Windows Defender Windows 8 Microsoft Defender is included in Windows 8.
MS Documentation
Mac McAfee VirusScan 9.7   OS X 10.7-10.10 McAfee is available to
Students only

McAfee VirusScan for Mac subscription to expire end of 2015
  Recommendations - Antivirus recommendations by an independent testing lab  

Last Modified: 2015-09-28