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Secure your computer

Secure your computer

It is vital that you keep your computer secure - both physically (by keeping your machine securely locked away) and from virus and malware attacks. Attacks like this can destroy your hard work and can also quickly spread to people on your contacts list and infect their machines as well.

In order to prevent this from happening, you first need to install and use a reputable anti-virus program, such as McAfee, which you must keep updated. McAfee is available at no cost to you and can be obtained from our Downloads section. You also need to regularly accept all patches and updates to your software and operating system as soon as they are released by the vendors. Thirdly, you need to ensure your work is always backed up.

 

Installation instructions:

 

Installing and updating McAfee for Mac and Windows

UCT provides anti-virus software and virus-definition updates free of charge for all University-owned Windows computers and for all computers owned by UCT faculties, staff and students. If you're using a UCT-owned Windows machine, Endpoint Security will be installed by default.

However, if you need to install it manually on your computer, follow these instructions:

  1. Remove all other agents and virus scan packages from your machine.
  2. Log on to the Downloads section > select your operating system.
  3. Select Antivirus > McAfee ePO Agent and McAfee EndPoint Security.
  4. Download the McAfee ePO Agent and McAfee EndPoint Security installation package.
  5. By default the package will be placed in the Downloads folder.
  6. Browse to the Downloads folder and run the installation.

 

Keep it updated

McAfee releases new virus definition files every day and it is your responsibility to ensure that your installation remains updated.

On campus:

If you are connected to the UCT network, McAfee will automatically update - as long as the McAfee Agent is running.

At home:

Open the Endpoint Security client and click Update Now.

If you don’t have internet access at home, you will need to download the virus definition updates while on campus and install them later manually.You will need to manually update your SuperDAT (sdat) file on a daily basis. While still on campus, or from any other location where you have Internet access, copy the file from the ICTS Downloads page to a removable device and then install it at home.

Download the SuperDAT file from the ICTS website

  1. Go to the Downloads section, log on and select the operating system you use.
  2. Under the Antivirus heading, click McAfee EndPoint Security Update (standalone).
  3. Click Save and choose a convenient location for the file, e.g. Flashdrive or CD.
  4. Install the sdat file from the flash drive or CD onto your home computer.

Install the SuperDAT file

  1. Navigate to where you saved the sdat.exe and double-click the file.
  2. The installation will begin copying files to your hard drive.
  3. A message appears confirming that the files were copied successfully, click Finish.

 

Installing McAfee for Mac and Windows at home

If you have internet access at home
  1. Log on to the Downloads section > select your operating system.
  2. Select Antivirus >  McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac - Home (for Mac) or McAfee EndPoint Security for Windows for Home (for Windows).
  3. Click Save and choose where you want to save the file, e.g. your Desktop.
  4. Follow the instructions for Mac (available from the Downloads page) and Windows (below) to install the software.

Install the VirusScan enshome software for Windows

  1. Navigate to where you saved the enshome file.
  2. Double-click the enshome.exe file to begin installation.
  3. Once the dialog box confirms successful installation, click OK.
  4. McAfee Endpoint Security starts and the icon appears in the system tray.

 

If you don't have internet access at home

While you are still on campus, you need to copy the installation file to a removable storage device e.g. CD or flash drive:

  1. Go to the Downloads section, log on and select the operating system you use.
  2. Under the Antivirus heading, click McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac - Home (for Mac) or McAfee EndPoint Security for Windows - home (?)(for Windows)
  3. Click Save and choose a convenient location for the enshome file, e.g. Flashdrive or CD.

Install the VirusScan enshome software

  1. Navigate to where you saved the UCT-ENShome.exe file.
  2. Double-click the UCT-ENShome.exe file to begin installation.
  3. Once the dialog box confirms successful installation, click OK.
  4. McAfee Endpoint Security starts and the icon appears in the system tray.

 

Installing McAfee for Linux (Linuxshield)

  1. Uninstall all other anti-virus applications from your machine.
  2. Navigate to the Downloads section, log on and select Linux.
  3. Select Antivirus and download the version of LinuxShield appropriate to the version you are running - Red Hat (RPM) or Ubuntu (Debian).
  4. Next, select the McAfee VirusScan for Linux (Home version) Installation Guide and download it.
  5. Navigate to the location where you saved the files and extract the contents of the installer package.
  6. Install the program by following the installation guide that you downloaded in step 3 above.