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Installing McAfee on Linux

Available To:

  • Faculty (currently appointed) and Staff

How to Get:

Download the latest version of the McAfee Client from the downloads page.  When you click on the download link, you will be asked to authenticate with your NetID and Password. Enter your credentials and click OK.



After you have authenticated, you will be asked to open the file or download.  Select the Save File option and click OK.  The default save location will be your Downloads folder in most cases.



In your Downloads window in your browser you should see the completed download.  Right click on the finished file and select Open Location, Open File Location, or Open Containing Folder depending on what browser you are using to download the file.



When you have opened the directory that has the installer archive, right click on the archive package and select the Extract Here option.



After you have extracted the archive package for the installer, open a terminal window.  See the example below:



Once you have opened a terminal window, change directory to the directory where you downloaded and extracted the package file.



After you have changed to the package directory, change directory to the newly created folder.



Now that you are in the directory containing the install scripts, please elevate to Super User and run the appropriate install script for your environment.  However, ./ will work on most systems.



After the install script has completed, the installer output should look similar to the screenshot below.



You can run the following commands to verify that the McAfee Agent and McAfee VSEL processes are installed and running.

For McAfee Agent:

ps aux | grep cma | grep -v grep

ps -ef | grep cma | grep -v grep


For McAfee VSEL process:

ps aux | grep nails | grep -v grep

ps -ef | grep nails | grep -v grep

NOTE: requires root (sudo or su).   Run this in a separate terminal session. You can issue the cmdagent command in one session and watch agent activity in the other; verifies installation.


A few minutes after the McAfee Agent is installed, the McAfee antivirus software product called VirusScan Enterprise for Linux will be automatically installed by the McAfee server

The latest definitions should be installed automatically shortly after VirusScan Enterprise for Linux is installed.