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Stanford Anti-Malware

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for computers running Windows 7. All Windows 7 computers used for Stanford activities should be upgraded to Windows 10 by January 2020. Learn more about upgrading to Windows 10 by January 2020.

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The Stanford anti-malware service consists of System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Microsoft's enterprise anti-malware solution for Windows, and ESET Endpoint Antivirus for Mac. Both programs protect your computer from viruses, adware/spyware, and other malicious software.

For Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users, University IT also offers the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a protective Microsoft tool managed by BigFix. While EMET is optional, University IT recommends installing both SCEP and EMET to protect your computer from viruses, adware/spyware, and other malicious software.

For Windows 10 users, your system is already protected with built-in Windows Defender and is compliant with the Stanford Anti-Malware service requirements. You do not have to run the anti-malware installer unless you want to install EMET for additional protection. If your computer is running BigFix, you have the option in the anti-malware installer to opt in to EMET.


  • SCEP for Windows:
  • ESET for Mac: 6.7.600

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 and 8.1 (installing SCEP and EMET)​
  • Windows 10 (using built-in Windows Defender)
  • Mac:  OS X 10.9 and later (using ESET)


  • Faculty, staff, and students on a Stanford-owned computer or a personal computer used for official Stanford work


  • Stanford's ESET anti-malware installer (for Mac) automatically uninstalls any previous anti-virus program on your computer.
  • The SCEP installer (for Windows) automatically removes the Sophos anti-virus program if it is installed on your computer. To avoid performance impact, University IT recommends manually uninstalling any other anti-virus programs you may have before installing SCEP. 
  • Stanford anti-malware updates itself automatically so your version of the program will remain up-to-date.

Windows Users

  • EMET is managed entirely by Bigfix, so only users with BigFix already installed have the option to add EMET during the SCEP install. 
  •  Although EMET is optional, University IT strongly recommends opting in. EMET protects computers from zero-day attacks — attacks where a major security vulnerability has been discovered for which no patch exists.
  • EMET is installed separately by BigFix and generally appears in your list of programs within 15 minutes after the SCEP installation completes.