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Virus Protection at BC

For Students, Faculty & Staff

Software Update

Antivirus Software Changes at BC

  • Boston College is moving from McAfee and Sophos Antivirus to Sophos Intercept X Endpoint Protection (referred to as Sophos Endpoint) for BC-owned computers. This enhanced antivirus and malware protection service is another step in the University’s efforts to continue to improve security and safeguard data. Learn more about Sophos Endpoint at BC.
  • Effective May 30, 2020: BC’s Enterprise version of McAfee VirusScan antivirus will no longer be available for use on either personal or BC-owned computers.

Home Computers (Not Owned by BC):

  • If you previously installed BC’s McAfee VirusScan on your home Windows computer (or a Mac computer with Bootcamp), it will stop updating on May 30, 2020, and will no longer be effective at protecting your system from viruses. See below for free antivirus recommendations.

 

Boston College requires all faculty, staff, and students to use antivirus software on their computers.

Keep your Mac & Windows computer protected from viruses, malware, randsomware, and more by downloading & installing antivirus software.

BC-Owned Computers

BC-owned computers are required to use Sophos Intercept X Endpoint Protection (referred to as Sophos Endpoint) for virus protection.

Student Computers (& Other Computers Not Owned by BC)

Boston College requires all faculty, staff, and students to use antivirus software on their home computers (not owned by BC). If you do not already have virus protection, BC recommends installing the free version of Sophos Home (Mac & Windows). Note: You will need to create a Sophos Home account before downloading the software. Before installing, make sure to uninstall other antivirus software (Windows Defender will be disabled automatically when you install Sophos Home). After installation, a popup will offer an upgrade to Sophos Home Premium at an additional cost (you can disable the popup if it bothers you).