FAQs- System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows Defender

FAQs- System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials

What Windows antivirus products are available to faculty/staff and UNH students?

Faculty/Staff: The University of New Hampshire has secured Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection licenses for Institutionally Owned computers. This extends to ONE Personally Owned computer used for work associated with the University.  Other Personally Owned computers should use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender.

UNH Students: Students are encouraged to use Microsoft Security Essentials, a free antivirus product for Personally Owned computers, on Windows Vista and Windows 7.  Students are encouraged to use Windows Defender, a built-in free antivirus product for Personally Owned computers, on Windows 8 and Windows 10.

What is the difference between System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender?

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows Defender are antivirus products from Microsoft.  However, there are some important differences.  SCEP is a licensed antivirus product for organizations.  

Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender are free antivirus product for Personally Owned computers and organizations of 10 or fewer computers.  Microsoft Security Essentials is for Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers while Windows Defender is for Windows 8 and Windows 10 computers.  Older versions of Windows Defender (for Windows Vista and Windows 7) are anti-spyware only.

SCEP has the ability to be managed by UNH IT.

Can Faculty and Staff use System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection on their home computer?

UNH Faculty and Staff may use System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection on one Personally Owned computer if it is used for work associated with the University. For other Personally Owned Computers, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender.

Can Faculty and Staff use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender at work?

Faculty and Staff should not use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender on Institutionally Owned computers as this would violate the licensing agreement for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender.

Can the latest virus definition updates for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection be manually downloaded?

If your computer does not have internet access, it may be necessary to update virus definitions manually.  The process to download and install virus definitions for System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection is explained by Microsoft in this document. You may need to transfer the virus definition installer to the computer in question from a computer with internet access before installing it.

Can the latest virus definition updates for Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender be manually downloaded?

If your computer does not have internet access, it may be necessary to update virus definitions manually.  The process to download and install virus definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender is explained by Microsoft in this document.  You may need to transfer the virus definition installer to the computer in question from a computer with internet access before installing it.

 

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