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How to Install McAfee VirusScan Student Use: Windows 7, 8, & 10


McAfee VirusScan uses on-access scanning to guard against all types of viruses and malicious code, including new and unknown threats. VirusScan offers unintrusion protection to block viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious code that attempt to infect your systems.
Easy to use and always on guard, VirusScan automatically keeps your protection up to date and lets users work uninterrupted. VirusScan is supported by McAfee Avert® Labs—recognized as the world's top threat research center.
VirusScan can be downloaded from the IT website's McAfee VirusScan page.


Be sure that you DO NOT have any other active antivirus program running on your computer before installing McAfee VirusScan. Running any two virus protection programs will result in the two of them fighting over resources, making the computer slower and potentially making the computer crash while running typical applications.

Installing McAfee VirusScan on Windows

1. From the's McAfee VirusScan page, download McAfee VirusScan 8.8 for Windows Student Use.
2. Open the folder where the zip file downloaded to. Right click on the downloaded zip file and select the Extract All command.
3. Enter the newly extracted folder, and open the folder called "McAfee_VirusScan_8.8".
4.  Run the SetupVSE.exe program to install McAfee VirusScan Enterprise ver. 8.8 on windows 7.  If you're using Windows 8, run the SetupVSE_Win8.exe instead.

5. There will next open a prompt to start the installation process. Click the Next button.

6. The User License Agreement will come up next. Here, change the "license expirery type" to Perpetual. Then click I accept the terms in the license agreement if you agree to the statement. Then click the Okay button.

7. Make sure the "Setup Type" is Typical. Then click the Next button.

8. Make sure the "Protection Level" is Standard Protection. Then click the Next button.

9. You are Ready to Install! Click the Install button.

10. When the installation is complete, leave the Update Now box checked, but uncheck the Run On-Demand Scan box. Then click the Finish button.  The updates can take a long time, let them finish because they are very important.

11. When updates complete you will be asked to restart your computer to activate all of McAfee VirusScan's services. Click the OK button and RESTART THE COMPUTER to activate the full services of the product.

12.  McAfee VirusScan will now run automatically on startup, with its real time on-access scanner.  You should run the on demand scan after restart.