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Antivirus Software

PSU provides McAfee antivirus software free of charge to students, faculty, and staff for use on non-PSU owned personal computers. This software should be uninstalled once you are no longer affiliated with the University. You must uninstall any existing antivirus software from your computer prior to installing McAfee VirusScan. Failure to do so can cause system instability or other errors.

Note: If you're using a PSU-owned computer, you probably already have McAfee installed. Contact the Helpdesk if you have any questions, or need assistance.

Installing McAfee

Windows

If you're using Windows 8 or higher, there is no need to install McAfee. Newer versions of Windows come with built-in antivirus protection software called Windows Defender. For more information, see Microsoft's Windows Defender page.

To install McAfee on Windows 7, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to McAfee Antivirus for Windows. You will be prompted to log in.
  2. Log in using your Odin username and password. The installer will download automatically.
  3. Run the installer and follow the on-screen directions.
  4. Restart your computer to complete the install process.
  5. After your computer restarts, look for a red "M" in your system tray to confirm the software is properly installed.

Mac OS X

  1. Go to McAfee Antivirus for Mac. You will be prompted to log in.
  2. Log in using your Odin username and password. The installer will download automatically.
  3. Run the installer and follow the on-screen directions.
  4. Restart your computer to complete the install process.
  5. After your computer restarts, look for a red "M" in your menu bar to confirm the software is properly installed.

Uninstalling McAfee

McAfee VirusScan is resistant to uninstallation to protect itself from removal attempts by malicious software.

Mac OS X

If you need help uninstalling McAfee from your Mac computer, please contact the Helpdesk.

Windows

If you need to uninstall McAfee from a Windows computer, go to the McAfee Consumer Products Removal Tool page and follow the instructions.

Further Resources

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.