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Date: Mar 02, 2022

McAfee antivirus licence expires The contract concluded by the HRZ to provide an antivirus service from the manufacturer McAfee at low cost will expire shortly.

Due to changes in the licence conditions, a simple extension of the licence is not possible.

Furthermore, the attack scenarios have changed fundamentally in recent years, so that the product in its current form is also no longer needed. As an alternative for Windows systems, we recommend the use of Microsoft Defender.

Please uninstall McAfee by 23.3.2022!

At this point, we also recommend the tool Shutup 10, with which you can adjust security settings in Windows. You can find a quick guide here.

Even if an antivirus programme protects the workplace, the behaviour of the users is an even more important factor in keeping the workplace free of viruses. Here are some points that should be observed:
 

  • Only open attachments to e-mails if you are sure that you were expecting the file. If in doubt, ask whether the file really comes from the sender. Sender e-mail addresses can be forged.
  • Always check links in documents by "POINTING" (not clicking!). As a rule, the actual destination is then shown at the bottom of the link. Never click on suspicious links. And even if the link looks good, copy the link text into a browser instead of clicking on it.
  • Only download software from trustworthy sites and only if you really need it.
     

Useful information on this can be found in an article by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI):

https://www.bsi.bund.de/DE/Themen/Verbraucherinnen-und-Verbraucher/Cyber-Sicherheitslage/Methoden-der-Cyber-Kriminalitaet/Schadprogramme/schadprogramme_node.html.

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