Personal, Home Use for McAfee VirusScan Ends Aug. 1

Effective August 1, 2012, the OCIO Site License Software (SLS) will no longer provide the McAfee VirusScan product as a download to faculty, staff or students for personal, home use.

Ohio State’s SLS contract with McAfee VirusScan for the upcoming academic year does not permit use on personally-owned computers. Due to this change in our McAfee contract terms, faculty, staff and students using the SLS downloaded VirusScan application on their personally-owned computer must uninstall it by August 1, as per the agreement they accepted when downloading the software.

Through a partnership agreement with the Wexner Medical Center, the McAfee VirusScan application will continue to be available for download to university-owned computers.


To help protect your computer and the university systems, this change does not affect the recommendation that an antivirus application should be installed, and running, on all computers.

The SLS recommend you switch to one of the anti-virus products listed below for personal, home computers.

 Before installing a new antivirus product, make sure you remove any existing anti-virus application from your computer. Having more than one anti-virus application installed at the same time can cause problems on your computer.

Getting Help

The OCIO urges you to transition to one of the recommended antivirus products before August 1. For instructions on how to manually remove VirusScan from Windows, visit and search Knowledge Base for Uninstalling McAfee VirusScan (KB03581). For Mac, open applications folder and run the "". You should trash the McAfee VirusScan application if it remains.

To get assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-HELP (4357) or