Virus Protection

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. 

Antivirus Programs

Antivirus 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, antivirus 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 antivirus 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.

Antivirus 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.


Warning Please be sure to uninstall any other antivirus software from your system before installing McAfee VirusScan for Windows.
Operating system Antivirus software

Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10*

Download VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) 8.8

  • MD5: 2ae3fe20a7930d8aed4f5b797d0d0bee
  • SHA1: 06ff717aa11ba32f1d27bd1bfc0939148f337f00
  • SHA256: 2759edc878aed9c6597b69504a8e43c2ba66da4d1cc8de61d7bea600b8cf596b

*For Windows 10 users running Windows 10 Anniversary Update or newer (1607 or newer), This version of McAfee VSE is incompatible. We recommend utilizing Windows Defender, which is built-in to Windows 10, as a replacement for VSE as we are unable to provide a newer version of VSE. 


McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac antivirus software for Macintosh computers is available at no additional cost to members of the RIT community for home use.

Operating system Antivirus software

macOS Sierra (10.12)
OS X El Capitan (10.11)
OS X Yosemite (10.10)

Download McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac 10.2.2

  • MD5: 2bab02c4f748766f92fa7bd05c21d64e
  • SHA1: c4f3c0ae44f1cf2c444bcc79140aae971ed0f1db
  • SHA256: 73952433ec7210596c25d9b7e9726c212ce3b6e43d8973f459b25ea9fff60f5f

McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac antivirus software for Macintosh computers is available at no additional cost to members of the RIT community for home use.

Operating system Antivirus software

OS X Mavericks (10.9)
OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
Mac OS X Lion (10.7)

Download McAfee Endpoint Protection 2.3

  • MD5: f0d8168a491a84af192180d3cc44b3c5
  • SHA1: 1765b2a70817a996834e0d2c925d1c2f4bc16201
  • SHA256: 1865d0fcee8f0b276040cf3479e8b047ff309e4632fe9ea337a2e2a3734fb6d4

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