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About Anti-Virus Software at BC

BC requires all faculty, staff, and students to use anti-virus software on their computers. The anti-virus software for Windows is McAfee VirusScan and for Mac it's Sophos Anti-Virus. (Get anti-virus software for Windows | Mac OS X.) Once McAfee VirusScan or Sophos Anti-Virus software is installed, it runs in the background. You do not need to do anything to force it to scan your hard drive. It scans your computer each time you start it and when you save files to the hard drive (as long as you followed the installation instructions and did not change the default configuration).

Important: All student owned Windows computers on the Boston College network MUST have McAfee VirusScan Enterprise edition installed. Failure to comply could result in loss of network access. If you are currently using non-supported Anti-Virus software, such as Norton Home, you must remove it prior to installing McAfee VirusScan Enterprise.


Anti-Virus Software

Virus Protection Resources

These sites have information about McAfee VirusScan and Sophos Anti-Virus software, virus updates, virus descriptions, and worldwide virus alerts.


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