STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLING FOREFRONT CLIENT SECURITY
(antivirus/antimalware, PC Only!)
THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE ONLY FOR STUDENT PCs!!! Faculty/Staff must coordinate with ITS for proper installation on managed, domain-based PCs (on FAST).
If you have your own antivirus/antimalware software installed, set to auto-update and routinely scan, you do not have to use Forefront. If you have the college’s McAfee Enterprise antivirus product (ver. 7, 8i or 8.5i, for example) installed from last year or previous years, it must be uninstalled, since the GC license for it expires in the Fall of 2010. Just go to your Software or Add/Remove Programs screen in Control Panel, and select the McAfee products (McAfee Enterprise, first, and possibly McAfee Agent if it’s installed) for removal. Once it’s uninstalled, you can install Forefront. You do NOT want two antivirus products running at the same time, or it will slow your PC down to a crawl!
To install Forefront, first follow the directions for Mapping a Network Shared Folder to a System Drive instructions. You’ll want to map the download share, to the O: drive, just like the example uses. You can’t properly install the software unless you are doing it from an actual system drive letter, unfortunately. Once you have done this, you can go to My Computer and double click on the drive letter you just mapped. Then click on the “Microsoft Forefront” folder.
This is IMPORTANT! This main “Microsoft Forefront” folder is just for 32-bit Windows. There is a subfolder called X64 for 64-bit systems. If you look at your System properties (Start, Control Panel, System, or right click on My Computer, Properties) it should indicate under “System” or “System Type” whether it is a 64-bit operating system or not (see picture below). If it doesn’t mention 64-bit, then you are OK to proceed in this directory. If it mentions 64-bit, you MUST double click on the X64 folder first, then TURN OFF USER ACCOUNT CONTROL temporarily, for the install. To turn off User Account Control (UAC), if it’s on, go to Start, Control Panel, Account Control, Change User Account Control settings, and turn it all the way down. Be sure and turn it back on after the install!!!
Now, double click on the SETUP.BAT file. You will see a black installation screen for a minute or two, and then be prompted to press any key. Press enter.
Forefront still needs an upgrade patch and the newest antivirus signatures before your system is protected. If you don’t want to wait for auto update to run, go to Start, All Programs, Windows Update (or Microsoft Update) and force an update check. Install any updates necessary. Eventually you should see a Forefront icon in your taskbar (bottom right hand section of your screen, by the clock and network icon, etc.) If it has problems, it will be a reddish-orange exclamation point. If all is well, it will be a green check mark.
You can always right-click on that icon and select Open to see the interface, status (last scan, scan schedule, definition versions, etc.), manually force definition updates, and manually run scans. ITS does not manage these settings for you–it is up to YOU! If you want to change when the scan runs (you don’t leave it up all night to run at 3 AM, for example), go to Tools, Options and change settings to your liking. Do the same thing for Auto Updates, by going to Start, Control Panel, Automatic Updates.