Security, Software, Anti-Virus, Non-McAfee Solutions

Anti-Virus software recommendations

Technology Services will no longer support McAfee and McAfee ePO after 12/31/2016

After 12/31/2016, antivirus and full disk encryption cannot be managed via ePO. On the endpoint, the software will continue to function; however, it will need to be managed at the endpoint. That means it will no longer be logging virus and encryption information centrally. When the McAfee software reaches end of life, it will require manual intervention at each endpoint. The University will continue to support other popular antivirus software like Malwarebytes, which will not be affected by this change. The personal version of McAfee antivirus for Windows or Mac, previously downloaded from the WebStore, will also not be affected by this change. However, moving forward, we will no longer be offering a personal version of McAfee antivirus. Instead, the University of Illinois makes the following recommendations for antivirus software:

What you can do

We recommend that you begin to transition to other software solutions on your University machines.

For a list of available antivirus and encryption software, as well as instructions for use, please see our blog post:


For questions or concerns, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk at 217-244-7000 or by email at

Both Windows and OS X come with built-in security software. In many situations, this built-in software is sufficient to protect your personal computer from malware. We recommend the following solutions for antivirus software on personally-owned devices.

Windows and Mac

For additional protection, third-party antivirus software is also available. Sophos Home protects Windows and Mac devices against malicious software, inappropriate websites, and viruses. It can protect up to ten computers per account, and is free for private, non-commercial use.

To get Sophos Home, follow this link:


Windows 8.x and higher: Windows Defender antivirus suite. There is no need to purchase this software separately. It comes as part of the operating system.

Windows 7: Microsoft Security Essentials. This software is available for free from Microsoft. Be sure to have only one antivirus program installed.

To get Microsoft Security Essentials, follow this link:

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Created:2016-10-24 10:05 CDTUpdated:2017-03-16 14:28 CDT
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