Anti-Virus Software

ITS has negotiated a contract to provide antivirus software for all faculty, staff and student computers, both College-owned and personal. You can have a free copy of McAfee VirusScan for your Windows or Macintosh computers. These programs will both protect you from getting new computer viruses and remove any viruses that may already be lurking on your computer.

Use the links below to download your own copy.

NOTE: These links will only work for authenticated Carleton Faculty, Staff and Students of Carleton.


Macintosh: VirusScan 8.6 for Mac

McAfee VirusScan for Mac is installed in all of the campus Macs.

  • Note: The installer for VirusScan 8.6 for Mac is currently causing problems with MacOS X 10.6. Please check back soon for an updated installer.

Virus Data Updates

When new viruses are discovered, updates for VirusScan are published. The version of VirusScan for Mac you get from this site (currently version 8.6 in Feb, 2009)) will automatically download and install updates for VirusScan after you have successfully installed VirusScan for Mac.

More information on VirusScan for Mac


Windows: McAfee VirusScan

This file is a self extracting installer. After you've downloaded the VirusScan installer, just run McAfeeVirusScan880.exe from the directory into which you downloaded it.

For Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7:

Download VirusScan + AntiSpyware 8.8:

Download the archive and run to install the application. If the computer already has a version of VirusScan installed, you will have to uninstall that version before this one will install. This installation runs silently; wait at least 10 minutes (until SetupVSE.exe ends) to see it finish.  This installer may remove any other security applications, including Windows Defender.

Note: This scenario should no longer occur: After installation, if any settings appear to be wrong (e.g., Access Protection is enabled, On-Access Scan lists no exclusions), then use Control Panel->Add or Remove Programs to uninstall the 3 McAfee applications (AntiSpyware then VirusScan then Agent), then again run McAfeeVirusScan880.exe from the directory into which you downloaded it.  The second installation fixes all configuration errors.

Virus Data Updates

When new viruses are discovered, updates for VirusScan are published. This program will automatically download and install updates at least once a day. However, you should periodically check to make sure that you have the most current update, or you may be susceptible to a new virus.