Software & Hardware


Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software

Before installing, read this license information!

  • The University of Cincinnati site license provides the "corporate" versions of VirusScan and Netshield currently version 8.x.
  • This does not include retail versions of McAfee.
  • The university has an agreement with Network Associates (NAI) for the Total Virus Defense package. This agreement includes, but is not limited to, McAfee Desktop VirusScan for Windows XP, UNIX, Virex for Macintosh, NetShield for NT and NetWare, and Desktop Anti-Spyware.
  • Software acquired from this site is for the sole use of active faculty, students, and staff of the university.
  • Any unauthorized distribution or duplication of these products is prohibited.


More Information

Updates and Service Packs

McAfee Installation Instructions

You can install McAfee two ways: preconfigured (recommended) or standard. Preconfigured means that all the options and functionality are installed for you. Standard installation allows you to customize components as you specify.

Preconfigured Installation

VirusScan Enterprise V8.8 supports Windows w/ SP1 SP2 or SP3, (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit):
VirusScan Enterprise v8.8 has been pre-configured to utilize the UCIT AntiVirus FTP site for automated virus definition and engine file updates.

"Perpetual License" should be selected during install and auto-update should be run after product installation. This will ensure all current Engine and Virus Definition files are installed.

Previous versions of Mcafee Antivirus should be removed prior to installing this release.

First, read the installation instructions:

Installation Instructions

Then, download the software:

Enterprise V8.8 w/Anti-Spyware for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 (Installation may take several minutes)

If you are using an Anti-Virus OTHER THAN MCAFEE VIRUS SCAN: Update your Anti-Virus data files according to the software publishers instructions.


To update McAfee VirusScan: (Windows XP, Vista, 7) locate the McAfee icon in the Task Bar, right click on the icon, and select Update Now from the drop down menu.


Image of McAfee icon on Task Bar.
Image of McAfee drop down menu.

Standard Installation

The following products are the standard products from NAI. These do not have the current virus definition files or engine associated with them. These updates will need to be performed after the install is complete. Updates and service packs are available for download.

Note that you must be on the UC network (or logged into VPN) to download the following files.

Macintosh OS X Mavericks, OS X Lion, OS X Snow Leopard & OS X Leopard (updated 10/24/13)

VirusScan for Macintosh

Macintosh OS X Tiger (updated 9/19/11)

First, install McAfee Security for Macintosh. Then, install VirusScan for Macintosh.

Virus Tutorial

1. What is a virus?

A virus is a parasitic executable program written intentionally to enter a computer and avoid detection without the user's permission or knowledge. The word parasitic is used because the virus attaches to files or boot sectors and replicates itself, thus continuing to spread. Though some viruses do little but replicate, others can cause serious damage or affect program and system performance.

2. What is a computer worm?

A self-contained computer program, that is able to spread functional copies of itself to other computer systems (usually via network connections). Unlike viruses, worms do not need to attach themselves to a host program to do damage. There are two basic types: host computer worms and network worms.

3. What is a DAT file?

A DAT file contains the signatures or patterns of known computer viruses. It allows the Anti-virus Scan Engine to recognize the presence of virus code on your computer by comparing all the code on your system to the known virus patterns contained in the file.

4. What is a Scan Engine?

A program that uses the DAT file, in-depth inspection techniques, and statistical behavior pattern matching to fully identify known virus code from a file. Once this code is identified, the file is cleaned. If the file cannot be cleaned, it should be deleted. This deletion can be done manually or automatically by settings in the anti-virus software.

5. How do I get rid of a virus once my system is infected?

The first step is to install and/or update the virus protection software on your PC. UCIT provides virus protection software to the entire campus community at no cost. The McAfee license that UC has allows for the software to be installed on all campus systems and also on your home system. The software is restricted to UC users only. The software download Web page is also restricted to UC IP addresses only.

Please Note: Step-by-step download information, for your version of the Windows OS, is provided.

The second step is to update the software with the latest DAT files and/or Scan Engine (See these definitions above). McAfee DAT files can also be obtained from the McAfee web page. Once the software is installed and the latest update files have been installed, the third step is to clean your PC by doing a system scan. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the UCIT Help Desk at 513-556-4357.

6. How do I keep my system from becoming infected again?

Over 500 new viruses are discovered each month and new signature files are released to include them. You must keep your software up to date by downloading the latest DAT file. These signature (DAT) files are posted on the updates page as soon as they become available.

7. How can I obtain future DAT updates if I cannot connect to the UC page?

Since the Anti-Virus page is restricted to UC IP address access only, if you access the Internet from another ISP such as Zoomtown or Time Warner, you will need to seek the updates elsewhere. The latest DAT file updates are available at McAfee’s homepage:

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  • Cincinnati, OH 45221