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McAfee VirusScan Software

How to Check Your Version of McAfee

There are two parts required to keep your computer free of viruses. The first part is your virus scanning engine, and the second is the virus definition files. McAfee VirusScan, the antivirus software that WPI supports, includes both of these parts.

  1. Right-click on the McAfee VShield icon in the system tray (the lower-right corner of your screen by the clock), and choose About VirusScan Enterprise.... The About McAfee VirusScan dialogue box will then appear.
  2. At the top of this dialogue box, there should be a large header that reads VirusScan Enterprise 8.8. If this is not the case, you have an older version of VirusScan and should upgrade it.
  3. Most likely, your virus definitions will be up to date if your version of McAfee is up to date, because WPI's installation is configured to automatically update. If your definitions are not up to date, please see How to Update Virus Definition Files to configure AutoUpdate.

How to Update Virus Definition Files

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  1. Click on the start menu, select All Programs, select Network Associates, then VirusScan Console.
  2. Select the AutoUpdate task, right click, and select Start.
  3. Click Close when the update has finished, or wait for the program to automatically close in 30 seconds.)

Configure McAfee to AutoUpdate Weekly

  1. Click on the start menu, select All Programs, select Network Associates, then VirusScan Console.
  2. Select the AutoUpdate task, right click, and select Properties.
  3. Click on the Schedule button.
  4. Click on the Schedule tab.
  5. Select Weekly in the Schedule Task: drop down and select any other options that you so desire.
  6. Click OK to close the Schedule Settings window, and click OK to close the VirusScan AutoUpdate Properties - AutoUpdate window.

How to Run an On-Demand Scan (McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.5)

The on-demand scanner provides you with a method for scanning all parts of your computer for viruses, at convenient times or at regular intervals. Use it to supplement the continuous protection that the on-access scanner offers, or to schedule regular scan operations when they do not interfere with your work.

  1. Click on the start menu, select All Programs, select Network Associates, then VirusScan On-Demand Scan.
  2. The VirusScan On-Demand Scan Properties dialog box will open. Leave all settings as they are and click the Start button.

Depending on the size and utilization of your hard drive, this can take a half-hour or more. If any infected items are found but McAfee said that it was not able to clean it, then please call the Helpdesk right away at x5888 from on campus or 508.831.5888 from off campus.

How to Manually Scan E-mail and Files

  1. Open Outlook and select a message.
  2. Go to Tools and select Scan for Threats.

In most other e-mail programs, simply right-click the attachment, select Save As..., save it to your desktop, then scan the file.

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Last modified: Oct 21, 2012, 17:32 EDT
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