Skip to main content

Secondary navigation:

Information Technology Services

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.

You can manually update McAfee, by downloading and installing the DAT updater from

VirusScan is pre-configured to automatically update your anti-virus protection every day (except Saturday) from both on-campus and 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, follow the steps below.

  1. In your system tray (bottom-right corner of your screen), right-click the VirusScan icon VirusScan Icon , then click Update Now.
    Figure 1
  2. When AutoUpdate finishes, click Close.
  3. Restart your computer.

Go to for more information on Anti-Virus protection.

Do not use periods when naming your files! Outlook moves messages with attachments that have 2 or more periods in the name (For example: notes.04.01.20.doc) to the Junk E-mail folder. To prevent this, do not use periods when naming your files, and also remind people that send you attachments not to use periods.

Related Help Links