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Manually Updating McAfee VirusScan

for windows computers

All Windows computers on the Boston College network are required to have McAfee VirusScan anti-virus software installed on their computer. Learn how to install McAfee VirusScan.

VirusScan is pre-configured to automatically update your anti-virus protection every day (except Saturday) from both on & off campus. Sometimes AutoUpdate does not run automatically, such as when your computer is turned off. If you need to manually update your virus protection, do the following:

  1. In your system tray (bottom-right corner of your screen), right-click the VirusScan icon Task Bar Icon, then click Update Security. Note: You may need to expand the system tray by clicking the arrow to see the icon.
  2. When AutoUpdate finishes, click Close.
  3. Restart your computer.

Go to for more information about anti-virus protection.

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