Many of the more common viruses morph or change frequently to make them more difficult to detect. Viruses spread rapidly and by many different ways (for example, via email attachments; infected document files; Web sites that contain hostile code that can infect your computer through vulnerable browsers; and unprotected fileshares). Your computer may be vulnerable to virus attacks if you are not using antivirus software and updating it regularly. Using McAfee AntiVirus (FREE for RIT students, faculty, and staff ) and configuring it to update virus definitions automatically will help keep your computer protected.
Anti-virus programs provide some level of protection against malware that has successfully invaded your system, but they work by examining the structure and content of the files that reside there. If a file looks like something that is known to be bad, anti-virus software can quarrantine or remove it before it loads into your computer's main memory and begins to execute. The problem is that many of the newer attacks on your computer are designed to look benign to both an anti-virus program and a firewall, and they don't appear suspicious until they start to run. Most of them then execute silently in the background, so you're not even aware that anything is happening until the damage is done. It's even possible that you won't discover it at all.
Virus Protection Software
RIT provides free virus protection software for students, staff, and faculty.
You may download virus protection software for Microsoft Windows computers and Mac OS X computers below. The download links require a valid RIT computer account.
Mac OS X
See "Antivirus Software" below to download anti-virus software for OS X.
Please be sure to uninstall any other anti-virus software from your system before installing McAfee VirusScan for Windows.
- VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) for Microsoft Windows Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Server 2008, and Server 2012.
- When installation is complete, a VSE icon will appear in your system tray.
Click here to download VirusScan Enterprise (VSE). Then double-click on the file you downloaded (vsci.exe) to install VirusScan Enterprise.
McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac (VirusScan) antivirus software for Macintosh computers is available at no additional cost to members of the RIT community, for both Institute and home use.
You should use:
- Endpoint Protection for Mac 2.3 (VirusScan 9.8) on Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11), Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), or Lion (10.7).
- VirusScan 9.2 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6).
If you do not know what kind of Mac you have, see Apple’s article Does my Mac have an Intel or PowerPC processor?
Download the newest antivirus software that is compatible with your system:
|Operating system||Hardware requirements||Antivirus software|
|Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)
Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)
Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9)
Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
Mac OS X Lion (10.7)
1 GB of RAM
300 MB of free disk space
|Download McAfee Endpoint Protection 2.3
(McAfee VirusScan 9.8)
|Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)||Intel processor
1 GB of RAM
300 MB of free disk space
|Download McAfee VirusScan 9.2
(McAfee Security 1.2)
If you want to verify checksums on the latest McAfee VirusScan downloads, they have the SHA-1 hashes listed below:
- Endpoint Protection 2.3
- MD5: F0D8168A491A84AF192180D3CC44B3C5
- SHA1: 410B700AFFFDF8F7CF78330816B9BFC0F2BD2286
- SHA256: 1865D0FCEE8F0B276040CF3479E8B047FF309E4632FE9EA337A2E2A3734FB6D4
- VirusScan 9.2
- MD5: C910D573E4783A3D1AA0E7D0ED9E2DEE
- SHA1: 218A5E1E75F4919567F6939B7CBABCAC74AFFA6F
- SHA256: 3F824808C0BB67FB5CC5CA13FB0F7E2387AAAD1D4AACD17A687E80598A7C7E31
VirusScan versions after 9.0 are also known as “McAfee Security” and "McAfee EndPoint Protection." Version 9.2 corresponds to Security 1.2. Version 9.8 corresponds to EndPoint Protection 2.3. We have no control over this.
Please make sure you run an eUpdate sequence periodically to keep the VirusScan software and its definitions up-to-date.
Malware warnings from VirusScan may be for suspicious files that do not directly impact Mac OS X systems. For broad protection, VirusScan shares antivirus definitions with McAfee's products on multiple platforms.
The VirusScan Reporter window may appear (and re-appear continuously) when viruses or other malware are detected. This has occurred most often in our testing when scanning the local mail cache stored by Apple Mail. We are investigating why VirusScan Reporter loops in this way, and hope to find a method to dismiss its warnings. If you see this problem, please contact us.
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