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University of Wyoming Division of Information Technology

Windows Forefront Replaces OfficeScan Antivirus at UW

2/23/2011

Information Technology is converting university Windows computers to a new antivirus solution, Microsoft Forefront Client Security. Forefront Client Security (FCS) offers improved and more manageable antivirus protection. As with the current antivirus software, FCS will be offered at no charge for use on university owned computers.

IT will automatically uninstall the old antivirus software and install Forefront on Windows computers connected to the university data network beginning Wednesday, March 2. The majority of computers will be converted to Forefront by Thursday, March 10th. The automated process will run in the evenings, and computers will again be forced to reboot.

IT will run the automated process on computers based on their building location; multiple buildings will be upgraded each night. You will be notified one week before your computer(s) are scheduled to be switched to Forefront. You will also receive a reminder email on the day that your computer(s) will be switched over.

If you want to manually run the program that will install the appropriate files at a time that is more convenient for you, instructions will be included in the upcoming emails. If you manually run the program on your own, your computer will ask you to reboot. You will not be forced to reboot later when the automated process begins for your building.

See the Forefront FAQ as well as the Windows Forefront Antivirus Migration Documentation for additional details that include information regarding off-campus UW computers and UW laptop computers.

For personal computers, you may choose to install Microsoft’s Security Essentials, AVG, or Malwarebytes, which are all free; or any other antivirus software that you prefer.

If you have any questions contact Information Technology’s Help Desk at 766-4357, option 1, or send an email to the IT Help Desk (userhelp@uwyo.edu).

Robert Morrison
Director, Telecommunications and Systems Services
Information Technology
University of Wyoming

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