Installing McAfee Endpoint Security for Windows (for managed devices)


How do I install McAfee Endpoint Security antivirus software on a managed Windows computer?


A managed device is typically owned by the university and used by faculty, staff, or in student labs. These devices are centrally managed by campus administrators. If your device, does not fall into this category, please use the unmanaged installation method outlined in the How to install McAfee Endpoint Security for Windows (for unmanaged devices) article.

If you are upgrading from McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Endpoint Security will remove VirusScan Enterprise before installing. This means Endpoint Security can be installed over the top of VirusScan Enterprise as it will be removed in the process.

Note: If you weren't using VirusScan Enterprise before, be sure that you do not have any other active antivirus program running on your computer before installing McAfee Endpoint Security. 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.


  1. Download McAfee Endpoint Security from the UO Software Center:
    1. Visit the UO Software Center.
    2. Login using your Duck ID and password.
    3. Navigate to the McAfee software entry.
    4. Download the McAfee Endpoint Security version for your operating system: Windows.
  2. Extract the ZIP file containing the McAfee software.
  3. Navigate into the McAfee Endpoint Security folder that was extracted.
  4. Run the installer setupEP.exe (the .exe may be hidden depending on your settings)
    • User Account Control may prompt you for administrator permission, allow it to make changes to your device.
  5. The license agreement for McAfee Endpoint Security will be displayed, click Accept the agreement to proceed to the next step.
  6. The McAfee installer will scan for incompatible products. Click Continue to proceed to the next step.
    • If McAfee detects incompatible software, resolve this before attempting to continue with the installation.
  7. The McAfee installer will now present options for what modules to install and where to install it, then click Install.
    1. Select the following modules:
      • Threat Prevention - The main anti-malware module allows scanning your system.
      • Adaptive Threat Protection - Adds additional features such as reputation-based file handling 
    2. Select the location you want to install the program.
      • The default location is usually acceptable.
  8. Wait for the installation to finish.
  9. McAfee Endpoint Security is now installed.
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