IT Campus Software Update: Changes to Computer Security Software

GRCC is replacing the current anti-virus/anti-malware software, “Symantec Endpoint Protection” (SEP), with “Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection”.
For the classrooms and labs around campus this upgrade will happen during the software refresh to prepare for the fall 2012 semester. Following this, Microsoft Endpoint Protection will be installed on the shared/adjunct workstations around campus and eventually will replace Symantec on every GRCC computer.

What this means to you…
This upgrade will improve the performance of computers by limiting the amount of system resources that the anti-virus software uses. This means that even though your computer is protected and being scanned for infections, you should no longer notice performance issues related to these scans. This upgrade also allows for enhanced reporting which will allow the IT team to respond to infections more quickly and effectively.

Install Microsoft Endpoint (SCCM) at any time from the Application Explorer folder on your computers desktop.
During this installation there will be no progress bar or any other windows displayed. You may receive alerts from the computers Action Center saying that your computer is unprotected. Ignore these warnings; they will go away once the installation is completed.

Attached is a document that explains what to look for with the change and who to use the new Anti-virus Software. If you need further assistance, experience any problems during the installation, or end up with both Symantec and Microsoft Endpoint Protection on your computer, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-4357 or email with details.
Endpoint communications.pdf


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