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Symantec License Expires June 2014

The University site license for Symantec anti-virus software is expiring June 21, 2014. Before that date, University computers that have Symantec Anti-virus software installed must migrate to Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP).

After June 21, the University of Minnesota will no longer hold a site-wide agreement for Symantec and will no longer receive updates.

Installing SCEP - University Computers

The SCEP software is available and licensed for all University Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers. Personal computers are not covered by the University's SCEP license.

Windows computers on Active Directory will be automatically converted from Symantec to SCEP during spring semester. The SCEP software will be pushed out via SCCM services. The SCEP client automatically uninstalls Symantec and most other anti-virus software. No user intervention is required, although you may briefly see a message that your computer is not protected during the uninstall of your current anti-virus software.

University computers not on Active Directory (Windows, Mac or Linux) will need to be updated manually by the user. For University computers:

  1. Visit the University software site: Anti Virus Software
  2. Under Options, select the Duluth Campus, then Faculty/Staff Work Computer.
  3. Authenticate with your University Internet ID and password.
  4. Download the SCEP client for your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux).
  5. Run the SCEP installer. (The SCEP client automatically uninstalls Symantec and most other anti-virus software, so you shouldn't need to take any other steps.)

Personal Computers

Faculty and staff must remove Symantec from personally owned computers before June 21, 2014. A wide variety of free or low cost anti-virus software packages are available.

  1. Uninstall Symantec.
  2. Download and install a free anti-virus software. Recommended packages include: