Anti-Virus Software for Staff (Windows Users)


All users of computer facilities on the NUI Galway network have a responsibility to follow best practice in avoiding infection by computer viruses, whether you are using University-owned or privately owned equipment.

To protect against infection users must follow the steps below:

  1. Install the ePolicy Orchestrator Agent (EPO agent)

    If you are using a Windows computer on the NUI Galway network, you are required to have  the ePolicy Orchestrator Agent (EPO agent) installed. The EPO agent must be installed before installing McAfee VirusScan.

  2. Download and install McAfee version 8.8 

    Suitable for Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista.
    Note: Off-campus file download is password-restricted and is available to NUI Galway staff only. 
    Please contact the Service Desk for off-campus password details.

  3. Latest DAT file from the McAfee website  
    Download the latest McAfee XDAT file to the Desktop
XDAT (Last updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018)

Go to the Desktop and double click on XDAT download 
Follow the on-screen instructions to install the DAT file - no restart is required 
Alternatively go to the  XDAT files section of the McAfee website

4. Check the SuperDat file version regularly
Users must ensure that the SuperDat file version is being continuously updated.  
Do this at least once every month.

  • Practice safe computing 
    Always remember that anti-virus software can only ever protect against viruses known to it, so it stands to reason that the virus writers will always be one step ahead. With this in mind you should at all times follow the recommendations for safe computing particularly in areas such as email or Internet usage. 

  • Download the Stinger file and install

  • NUI Galway Security Awareness Training

  • Known Issues - issue_found_with_ms_outlook_when_upgrading_mcafee.pdf