System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Windows Installation

Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is an antivirus/malware tool developed and distributed by Microsoft for business level security, and is available to all UNH Institutionally Owned computers. Personally Owned computers are encouraged to run Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender.


A licensed version of one of the following:

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Note:  Windows Defender is built into Windows 10 and uses the same engine and definitions as System Center Endpoint Protection.  


Remove Existing Antivirus Programs

System Center Endpoint Protection is able to automatically uninstall antivirus programs that are currently on your computer. Be sure to select the removal option when prompted during the installation process.


Installation Process

  1. Download Installer from the UNH fileshare:  [  \\\scep$  ].  There are instructions on how to connect to fileshare locations of this type available at Accessing a UNH Fileshare on a PC.
  2. Run the installer executable.
  3. If User Account Control window pops up, enter an administrator password (if necessary) and click Yes .
  4. The installer will open, click Next .
  5. At the License terms screen, read the terms and click I Accept.
  6. On the next screen, you will be asked to “Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program.” Joining is optional. Click the Learn more link if you are interested. Choose an option and click Next.
  7. On the Optimize security screen, choose whether or not you want your firewall turned on. Server administrators are urged to carefully consider this option before choosing. Most Windows end-users can safely follow the recommended settings. Make your selection and click Next.
  8. Next, System Center will check for other installed antivirus software. If it finds some, click Remove Now . Otherwise, click Install.

  9. System Center Endpoint Protection will be installed.
  10. Once the installation is complete, it will ask to scan the computer. Choose Scan my computer for potential threats after getting the latest updates to scan your computer, and click Finish.
  11. System Center will update and install current virus definitions, then run a Quick scan.
  12. Click on the Settings Tab . Change the time when scans are scheduled to run to a time of day when your computer is typically on , such as 12:00 noon. Uncheck the box "Start the scheduled scan only when my PC is on but not in use." Keep all other default settings. Click Save changes.
  13. Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection is now installed, active, and ready for use . Refer to the System Center Usage Instructions for information on how to update your definitions, scan your computer, and remove malware.


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