The anti-virus software Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is part of the contract between Microsoft and the state of Baden-Württemberg.
It is installed on all computers in the URZ PC pools. University employees can use it on all Windows, Mac and Linux office computers without additional costs. The license can be downloaded by the IT supervisors at their respective institutions.
Windows operating systems from Windows 8 onwards do not need this program as the Windows Defender, which is integrated into the operating system, serves the same purpose.
SCEP installation and administration
The SCEP installation process is easy, intuitive and requires no explanation. Nevertheless, there are a few points you should pay attention to:
- Before installing SCEP, it is of major importance to uninstall any other anti-virus software!
- The SCEP's update of virus signatures occurs every eight hours via the Windows update service.
- In order to receive any updates automatically, please activate the automatic installation of Windows updates.
- The automatic quick scan is set at 02:00 am by default. This scan will not be performed later on if this time is missed (usually the computer is turned off at this time). We recommend selecting a time for the AutoScan when the computer is usually in use. In the AutoScan settings, you can adjust ist overall processor usage. If the AutoScan is not being continously performed, the SCEP will report a security risk after a few days. Of course, the scan can also be performed manually.
- Other changes to the settings are not recommended.
- If you want to administer your client computers for SCEP via a MSCCM server, you will need the System Center Client Management Suite.
If you have any questions, please contact our IT service.
We recommend using free anti-virus software on your private computer (on Windows computers up to and including Windows 7), e.g.:
- Microsoft Security Essentials is an alternative solution to SCEP but only available for Windows computers.
- Avira is an alternative tool for Windows, Mac and Linux.
- Sophos Home
Windows 10 computers are protected by the Windows Defender software built into the operating system.
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