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Antivirus - Symantec Endpoint Protection

This article provides information on how to download, install, and update Symantec Endpoint Protection (antivirus) for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Only current faculty, staff, and students of the university are authorized to use this license. Anyone who ceases to have a direct affiliation with the university must remove this software from their computer or purchase their own copy.

Download the Client Software

Download the version which meets your needs from the list below. Enter your CNetID username and password when prompted. You can find system-specific information including system requirements in the Symantec release notes.


Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 is compatible with recent versions of Windows, including 7 through 10.

Note: Departmental computer support staff who are running Windows Server should check the Symantec Tools for IT Administrators for toolkit downloads intended for IT administrators.

Mac OS X

Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 is the newest version and it is compatible with recent versions of Mac OS X including 10.9 through 10.12 (Sierra).

Note: If you are running a previous version of Symantec Endpoint Protection, you may be prompted to uninstall it before the installation of the new version can proceed. If this happens, there is an uninstaller included in the Zip package of the new installer (Symantec Uninstaller) that you can use to remove the existing SEP version.


Compatible with various Linux distributions. Follow installation instructions for your distribution as described in the README file provided as part of the download.

Install the Client Software

You do not need to uninstall any existing Symantec software but may need to uninstall any other pre-existing antivirus. Unzip the downloaded file and then run the extracted executable (.exe or .app) using an account with administrator privileges. For Windows systems, you can right-click setup.exe and select Run as administrator.

More recent operating systems may display security warning messages before allowing you to run the application. Software downloaded from this site is safe to run.

Update the Virus Definitions

Update the virus definitions if the installer prompts you. Continue to update the virus definitions regularly. New definitions are released frequently, often daily.

Plan to Upgrade the Client

The vendor releases new versions of the client software (distinct from the virus definitions) on an irregular basis. They will be available on this page when we receive them. Make sure you will be notified of available upgrades by subscribing to the Symantec Antivirus Client Upgrade Alert mailing list.

Keywords:sep, ep, virus   Doc ID:17877
Owner:Brian P.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-04-05 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-04-27 12:10 CDT
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