The University of Edinburgh provides windows anti-virus software to entitled users to protect their home and non-supported desktop PCs from being infected with malware.
Microsoft Security Essentials is our recommended anti-virus software for non-University-owned computers (i.e. home use machines, personal laptops / desktops etc) running the operating systems Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. This has now been superceded in Windows 8 by Windows Defender which is built in to the operating system.
System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is currently licensed for use on University-owned computers only (supported desktop machines, departmental laptops etc).
Kaspersky will still be installed by default on Supported Desktop builds. This will be replaced by SCEP in due course on all supported desktop machines in the University, but users are able to download, install, configure or renew SCEP on their separate Uni-owned computer (e.g. laptop or non-managed desktop) via the following link:
Before installing Microsoft Security Essentials, you will need to uninstall the current antivirus program that is on your computer. Please go through the following instructions to assist you in doing so:
The term malware comes from blending the words malicious and software together.
Malware covers items, such as viruses, keyloggers, trojan horses, root kits and worms. It also covers less sinister items such as spyware and adware which can be used to monitor your web surfing.
Anti-virus software scans a computer's memory and disk drives for viruses. If a virus is found the anti-virus software will notify the user and can clean, delete, or quarantine any infected files.
This article was published on Dec 19, 2013