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Free McAfee anti-virus software

UIS has a licence for McAfee anti-virus products, which are available free of charge to all students and staff of the University and Colleges. The licence also allows for use on home machines. Once installed, the products will automatically check for and download new anti-virus definitions daily.

Products are available for download from this page and the links on the left side of the page.

McAfee Endpoint Threat Prevention 10.5 with Adaptive Threat Protection

Zip file containing important installation instructions and 2 executable files to install McAfee Endpoint Threat Prevention 10.5 (includes McAfee Agent, Endpoint Security Platform and Endpoint Security Threat Prevention modules) and McAfee Adaptive Threat Protection add-in

McAfee 10.5 install files


The zip file above contains 2 executable files that MUST be installed in the correct order. Please uninstall any other anti-virus software (including VirusScan 8.8) prior to installing this product.

  1. Install UIS_McAfee_10_5_3.exe - this may take some time as this installs the McAfee Agent, Endpoint Security Platform and Endpoint Security Threat Prevention modules. To speed up the install, turn off Windows Defender (this will be turned off automatically during the install, but it helps speed up the install if it's off at the start)
  2. Install Adaptive_Threat_Protection_10_5_3.exe to install the ATP add-in.

McAfee VirusScan: 8.8

You should uninstall any previous version of VirusScan (or any other antivirus product) before installing if installing the product.

  • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 (pre-configured, contains latest patches for VirusScan - will install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows).
  • NOTE: This version installs VSE 8.8 with patch 10 and McAfee agent Both are required when upgrading to Windows 10 Creator Fall edition (1709). We recommend uninstalling VirusScan 8.8 prior to upgrading Windows, then installing this version.

Windows 10 users, please note:

McAfee Enterprise 8.8 needs Patch 6 at a minimum to make it Windows 10 compatible.

How to tell if your VirusScan is up to date

Macs running High Sierra (10.13)

For Macs running macOS 10.13

Required Additional Configuration for High Sierra

Due to the increased security in High Sierra there are some additional configuration steps required.

  1. Run the installer from the link above.
  2. It is recommended that unless explicitly required disable the following functionality when prompted during installation:
  • Firewall
  • Web Control
  • Complete the installation.
  • Open McAfee Endpoint Security from /Applications
  • Choose Preferences from the McAfee Endpoint Security for Mac menu.
  • Choose the General pane and click the padlock.
  • When prompted enter a username and password for an administrator level account.
  • Set Threat Prevention to On.
  • When prompted to approve the System Extension signed by McAfee click OK.
  • Open System Preferences from the Applications folder and choose the Security & Privacy pane.
  • Click Allow if the Mac reports "System software from developer McAfee, Inc was blocked from loading". There may be circumstances where software products in addition to McAfee require approval.
  • Macs running Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra

    For Macs running 10.10 and later

    Macs running Mavericks and earlier

    For Macs running 10.9 and earlier please see this page

    Managed Endpoint Protection Service

    Strict version of VirusScan 8.8

    The second version of Enterprise 8.8 (available below) is preconfigured with very strict rules that may prevent you from installing or running some programs, please make sure you only use this version if you are aware of the possible consequences.

    • McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8 (pre-configured, contains patch 7 for VirusScan - will install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows). Please note: In order to prevent cryptolocker (and other similar malware) this configuration will prevent programs that use appdata/local or appdata/roaming from runnning or installing. If problems occur while trying to install software, temporarily turn off Access Protection.

    Computer officers may be interested in the Managed Endpoint Protection Service, currently using McAfee ePO, to manage their systems

    McAfee product usage

    UIS currently has a license that covers a wide range of McAfee anti-virus products. For details on who can use the software downloadable from our webpages please see Who can use this software?.