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How to Install Stanford Anti-Malware for Mac

Stanford's System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) anti-malware installer will automatically uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus version 9 if it is installed on your computer.

The Stanford anti-malware service consists of System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Microsoft's enterprise anti-malware solution. This program protects your computer from viruses, adware/spyware, and other malicious software.

Install SCEP anti-malware

  1. Download the SCEP anti-malware installer. 
  2. Double-click the installer icon in the disk image window.
  3. When the Welcome window is displayed, click Continue.
    SCEP installer welcome page
  4. Click Install to start the installation.
    select the installation type
  5. Enter your administrator name and password for your computer and then click Install Software.
    enter your password
  6. When the software has finished installing, click Close.
    installation completed
  7. When the window providing a description of SCEP appears, click Install.
    start the SCEP installation
  8. If your computer is running macOS v.10.12 and below, click OK when the software has finished installing. 
  9. If your computer is running macOS High Sierrra (v. 10.13): a System Extension Blocked message displays. Click OK.
    System Extension Blocked message
  10. A message displays saying that System Preferences will open so you can approve the system extension. Click OK.
    message saying you need to approve extension in Sysem Preferences
  11. The  System Preferences > Security & Privacy panel opens with the General tab selected.  Click Allow. (You may need to click the padlock icon at the bottom of the screen in order to make this change.)
    This setting is only available for 30 minutes after installing SCEP.
    Choose to allow SCEP system software to load
  12. The SCEP anti-malware icon SCEP icon appears in the upper-right corner of your screen.  

Scan your computer

University IT configured SCEP to run a scan of your computer every Monday at 2 a.m. However, you may follow the instructions below to run your own immediate scan.

  1. Click the SCEP icon SCEP icon in the upper-right area of your screen and then click Open System Center Endpoint Protection.

    SCEP menu
  2. In the Computer scan tab, click either Smart scan for a default scan, or click Custom scan to set your own parameters.

    SCEP computer scan options

Change your scan settings

Stanford anti-malware is set to run a scheduled quick scan on your computer on Mondays at 2 a.m. University IT recommends that your computer be turned on during these scans. If you know that you will turn off your computer before leaving work, you can change the time of your daily quick scan to a time when your computer will be turned on (see instructions below).   

Note: Scans can take a while.

  1. Click the SCEP icon SCEP icon in the upper-right area of your screen and then click Open System Center Endpoint Protection.

    SCEP menu
  2. Click the Tools tab and then click Scheduler

    SCEP scan scheduler
  3. Click Weekly scan and then click Edit task

    schedule weekly scan in SCEP
  4. Click Next until you get to the scheduling screen. You can then adjust the time and day(s) of your scan. 

    Edit task window
  5. Click Next until you reach the last screen and then click Finish

    Finish editing the scan
Last modified October 2, 2017