Anti-virus software at the university

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 the URZ PC pool computers and can also be used on the official computers of university employees without additional cost.

The license can be downloaded by IT technicians of Heidelberg University institutions.

Windows operating systems from Windows 8 onwards do not need this program as the Windows Defender, which is integrated into the system, assumes the same function.

Installation and administration of SCEP

The installation of the program SCEP is easy, intuitive and needs no further explanation. Nevertheless, there are a few points you should consider:

  • Before installing SCEP, you must uninstall all other anti-virus software!
  • In SCEP, the virus signatures are updated every 8 hours via the Windows update function of the system.
  • In order to receive these updates automatically, please activate the automatic installation of Windows updates.
  • The automatic quick scan is set at 02:00 am by default. The 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 when the computer is being used for the AutoScan. In the AutoScan settings you can select a 10% step processor usage. If the AutoScan is not being performed continuously, 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.

Private computers of employees and students

We recommend free anti-virus software for private computers of employees and students (on Windows computers up to and including Windows 7):

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