Installing McAfee VirusScan 8.5i on a home computer

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Installing McAfee VirusScan 8.5i on a home computer

Table of Contents

  • Background
  • System requirements
  • How to install McAfee VirusScan 8.5i on a home computer
  • How to keep your Home version updated

Background

If your server or computer does not connect to the UCT network, or is used at home, then you fall outside of the centrally-managed McAfee VirusScan solution and you will need to manually install McAfee VirusScan. Once you have installed the software, you will need to download and install the SuperDAT (sdat) file on a daily basis to ensure that the virus definition files on your computer are kept up-to-date. See: How to keep your Home version updated.

The McAfee site licence allows UCT staff and registered students to install the VirusScan software on their Home computer for a two-year period. CDs containing the software may be borrowed from ICTS, Computer Science building, Upper Campus. You will need to bring your staff/student card with you. The software can also be downloaded from the ICTS Downloads page. In order to comply with our licence agreements, you will be prompted to log in using your username and password before you can download these files from the ICTS website.


If circumstances change and you are either no longer employed by UCT or are no longer registered as a student, you must remove McAfee VirusScan from your Home PC. Failure to do so results in the home version being an illegal copy of the software.

System requirements:

Windows NT, 2000 and 2003 Server requirements
Windows NT Workstation, 2000 Professional or Windows XP Workstation requirements

How to install McAfee VirusScan 8.5i on a home computer

The installation of McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, requires that you:

1. First download, unzip and install two files from the ICTS website:

  • the VirusScan 8.5i software
  • the VirusScan 8.5i patch file

2. Then download and install the SuperDAT file from the McAfee website.

Instructions on how to do this are shown below.


The download of the SuperDAT (sdat) file may take quite a while, depending on the speed of your Internet connection. An alternative is to download and save the SuperDAT file to a flash drive or CD while still on campus. Then, once you have installed and patched McAfee on your home PC, install the SuperDAT from the flash drive or CD.

Download the VirusScan 8.5i software and VirusScan 8.5i patch files from the ICTS Downloads page

  1. Go to www.icts.uct.ac.za | Desktop | Downloads.
  2. A Security Alert dialog box appears.
    • Select Yes to proceed.
  3. The User Registration/Login page opens.
    • Enter your Username.
    • Enter your Password.
    • Click Login.
  4. A Security Alert dialog box appears.
    • Click Yes to continue.
  5. The Downloads page opens.
    • Under the Windows heading, click Antivirus.
  6. From the list that appears,
    • Click VirusScan 8.5i.
  7. A File Download dialog box appears.
    • Click Save.
  8. A Save As dialog box appears.
    • In the Save in drop-down box,
      • Select Desktop.
    • Click Save.
  9. You have saved the VSE850LML.zip file to your Desktop.
  10. On the Antivirus | McAfee | Windows Downloads page,
    • Select the VirusScan 8.5i patch (VSE85SP1.zip)
    • Repeat steps 7 and 8 to save the file to your Desktop.

    Once you have completed these steps, proceed to the instructions on how to unzip the software.

Unzip the files you downloaded from the ICTS website (VirusScan 8.5i file and the Patch file)

Unzip the VirusScan 8.5i file (VSE850LML.zip)

  1. Navigate to the VSE850LML.zip file on your Desktop.
    • Right-click on the file.
    • From the menu, select Extract All.
  2. The Extraction Wizard dialog box appears.
    • Click Next.
    • Click Next.
    • Select Show Extracted Files.
    • Click Finish.
  3. You have successfully unzipped the VSE850LML.zip file.
  4. Proceed to the next step where you will unzip the patch file.

Unzip the VirusScan 8.5i patch file (VSE85SP1.zip)

  1. Using the same method described above, unzip the VSE85SP1.zip file.
  2. Proceed to the next step where you will install the VirusScan 8.5i software.

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Install the VirusScan 8.5i software and the VirusScan 8.5i patch file

Install the VirusScan 8.5i software

  1. Navigate to the VSE850LML folder on your Desktop.
  2. Double-click Setup.exe.
  3. A McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Version 8.5i dialog box appears.
    • Wait while the VirusScan refreshes.
  4. A McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Setup dialog box appears.
    • Click Next.
  5. A McAfee Licensing dialog box appears.
    • Select "I Accept the terms of the license agreement".
    • Click OK.
  6. The McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Setup dialog box reappears.
    • Select Typical.
    • Click Next.
    • The Select Access Protection Level window opens.
    • Select Standard Protection.
    • Click Next.
    • Click Install.
    • The installation will begin copying files to your hard drive.
  7. A McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Setup has completed successfully box appears.
    • You will be offered 2 choices:
      • Update now
      • Run on-demand scan
    • Clear both boxes. If you choose to run the on-demand scan - it could take a while. After installing the SuperDAT file, can you choose to scan with the latest updates.
    • Click Finish.
  8. McAfee VirusScan 8.5i starts and the McAfee Shield icon appears in the system tray.
Install the VirusScan 8.5i patch
  1. Navigate to the VSE85SP1 folder that you saved to your Desktop earlier.
  2. Double-click Setup.exe.
  3. A McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Setup dialog box appears
    • Click Next.
    • The installation will begin copying files to your hard drive.
  4. A McAfee VirusScan Enterprise Setup has completed successfully box appears.
  5. Click Finish.
  6. You have successfully installed the VirusScan 8.5i patch

Download the SuperDAT file from the McAfee website

  1. While on campus, or from anywhere else where you can access the Internet, go to http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security_updates/dat.asp?region=us&segment=enterprise .
  2. You will be prompted to acknowledge that you are covered by a valid Technical Support agreement.
    • Click "I Agree" as you are covered by UCT's site licence.
  3. The Security Updates page loads.
    • Select the "SuperDATs" tab.
    • Download the sdatxxxx.exe file, e.g. sdat5116.exe, by clicking on the hyperlink and selecting Save.
    • Select where you want to save the file, e.g. Flashdrive or CD.
      Note
      : The sdat file is too large to fit onto a stiffy disk. Use either a flashdrive or CD.
  4. Once the file has been saved, exit the McAfee website.
  5. Install the sdat file from the flashdrive or CD onto your home computer, using the instructions below.

Install the SuperDAT file

  1. Navigate to the sdatxxxx.exe file that you saved earlier.
  2. Double-click sdatxxxx.exe.
  3. A SuperDAT dialog box appears.
    • Click Next.
    • The installation will begin copying files to your hard drive.
  4. A message appears confirming that the files were copied successfully.
    • Click Finish.
  5. You have successfully updated your VirusScan to the latest virus definition files.

Note: You will need to regularly download and install the latest copy of the sdat file on your computer to ensure that your virus definition files are kept up to date. See: How to keep your Home version updated.

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Configure the AutoUpdate settings (Optional)

  1. Right-click McAfee Shield and select VirusScan console.
  2. Right-click AutoUpdate.
    • Select Properties.
  3. A McAfee AutoUpdate Properties - AutoUpdate dialog box appears.
  4. Click the Schedule button.
  5. The Schedule Settings dialog box appears.
    • Select the Schedule tab.
    • Select how often you would like the AutoUpdate to run. Weekly is recommended. Select the day on which to run the update. The newest updates are always released to the central repository early on Thursday morning so you may want to schedule the update to run on a Thursday lunchtime or after hours.
    • Click Apply.
    • Click OK.
  6. You have now configured the McAfee VirusScan AutoUpdate settings.

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How to keep your Home version updated

Internet Access at home
You need Internet access in order to keep your home copy of McAfee VirusScan up-to-date. The AutoUpdate feature will ensure that you have the latest version of the SuperDat (sdat) file by collecting and installing the latest sdat####.exe file from the Network Associates ftp site.

No Internet Access at home
If you do not have Internet access at home, you will need to update your SuperDAT (sdat) file on a daily basis from the McAfee website as McAfee have changed the format in which we receive our updates on campus. The updates that we receive are geared towards centralised administration and are intended for use only on computers managed by the ePO, i.e. computers that are connected to the UCT network and using the McAfee ePO Agent. As a home user, it is your responsibility to update your own virus definitions.

Downloading the sdat file

  1. While on campus, or anywhere else from where you can access the Internet, go to http://www.mcafee.com/apps/downloads/security_updates/dat.asp?region=us&segment=enterprise .
  2. You will be prompted to acknowledge that you are covered by a valid technical support agreement.
    • Click "I Agree" to acknowledge that you are covered by UCT's site licence.
  3. The Security Updates pages loads.
    • Select the "SuperDATs" tab.
    • Download the sdatxxxx.exe file, e.g. sdat5116.exe, by clicking on the hyperlink and selecting Save.
      Note
      : The sdat file is too large to fit onto a stiffy disk. Use either a flashdrive or CD.
  4. Install the sdat file from the flashdrive or CD onto your home computer.

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Windows NT, 2000 and 2003 Server requirements:

  • Intel Pentium-class (or similar) processor with a minimum of 166MHz.
  • Either a CD-Rom drive if you intend installing off CD or an internet connection.
  • At least 45MB of free disk space (20MB complete installation + 25MB during installation which is freed up after installation)
  • At least 32MB of RAM
  • Any of these Microsoft Windows platforms:
    Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or 6a
    Windows NT Enterprise Server, 4. with Service Pack 6 or 6a
    Windows NT Terminal Server Edition with Service Pack 6
    Windows 2000 Server, with Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
    Windows 2000 Advanced Server with Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
    Windows 2000 DataCenter Server with Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise (Windows .NET server 2003, Enterprise Edition)
    Windows Server 2003 Web (Windows .NET Server 2003, Web Edition)
    Windows Server 2003 DataCenter.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later.

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Windows NT Workstation, 2000 Professional or Windows XP Workstation requirements:

  • Intel Pentium-class (or similar) processor with a minimum of 166MHz.
  • Either a CD-Rom drive if you intend installing off CD or an internet connection.
  • At least 45MB of free disk space (20MB complete installation + 25MB during installation which is freed up after installation)
  • At least 32MB of RAM
  • Any of these Microsoft Windows platforms:
    Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or 6a.
    Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 1, 2 or 3
    Windows XP Home, Professional, and Tablet PC Edition, with Service Pack
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later.