The University site licence for McAfee antivirus protection is due to expire on Sep 25 2014 and will not be renewed.
CiCS will continue to look after virus protection on Managed 'University Desktop' computers but if you use a non-managed PC or Mac you must ensure that you do not have a copy of the University 'Enterprise' version of McAfee installed to ensure that McAfee's licensing is not violated.
First you need to check whether you have the University 'Enterprise' installation of McAfee. Right-click the McAfee Shield on the taskbar. If you have the University Enterprise edition when you left click on About VirusScan Enterprise™ it will say:
If this is the case you must remove McAfee then take the following action as appropriate:
- Windows 7 PCs on campus should be upgraded to Microsoft Forefront
- Personal Windows 7 PCs at home should be upgraded to Microsoft Security Essentials
- Windows 8 and 8.1 has Windows Defender built in so there is no need to install any extra antivirus
For details see http://www.shef.ac.uk/cics/antivirus/forefront
Home PCs running your own personally licensed version of McAfee will not need to be changed.
First you need to check whether you have the University 'Enterprise' installation of McAfee. Right click on the McAfee Shield on the dock, left click on ‘About McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac’ will say
McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac Version x.x.x RTW (xxxx)
If this is the case, whether on Campus or at home, you must remove McAfee and replace it with Sophos. You should install the correct version of Sophos from
Alternative antivirus software installers are available from
and are available from on campus and via VPN from off campus.