MS SCEP anti-virus for Windows

Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) is anti-virus software that has been licensed for use on College-owned Windows computers.

  • For personal Windows 7 computers, we recommend the free version, Microsoft Security Essentials.
  • For personal and College-owned Windows 10 computers, anti-virus protection is built-in, so there is no need for additional software.
  • For all Windows computers, we recommend Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware for additional malware protection.

NOTE: In Fall 2016 there was an update that caused a conflict with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, which causes computers to freeze and become unresponsive when Malwarebytes' is launched. Please visit the SCEP Fix website to resolve the conflict.

Install System Center Endpoint Protection

  1. Make sure you are logged into your Wellesley College Google account so that you can download the installers below.

  2. Click on this link to download the pre-install registry file.  Within the Google Drive website (not your browser's menubar) click on the download arrow icon in the top right corner of the window.  

  3. Click on this link to download the System Center installer.  Click Download anyway.  

  4. Click on file, then double-click on the SCEPregfix.reg inside it.

  5. If prompted by a security warning or User Access Control dialog box, click Yes.  When prompted to add the information to the registry, click Yes. This adds scanning exclusions for files used by Malwarebytes, so they do not conflict.  Click OK when the import was successful.

  6. Click on file then double-click the SCEPInstall.exe inside it to launch the System Center 2012 installer.

  7. Wait for file extraction to finish and the installer to start.

  8. In the Welcome window, click Next.

  9. In the License Terms window, click I accept.

  10. Select I do not want to join the program at this time and click Next.

  11. Check the box to turn on Windows Firewall and click Next.

  12. Click Install and wait for System Center to be installed.  This takes about 3 to 5 minutes.

  13. Uncheck Scan my computer and click Finish.  System Center Endpoint Protection will perform an update*.  Once the update is done, close System Center Endpoint Protection window.  You can minimize the window while the update runs and continue working on your computer.


MS System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection is now installed on your computer.  It is scheduled to updated once a day, and do a quck scan daily in the background, when the computer is not in use.  If any suspicious files are found, you will be notified via a popup window.

You can do a full scan manually by launching System Center from either the Start Menu or the notification area, select a scan option (Quick, Full, or custom), then click Scan Now.


*Is the update taking more than 5-10 minutes? 

1. Alt + Control + Delete to get to a menu to select Task Manager.

2. Highlight SCEP and click End Task

3. Exit the Task Manager

4. Relaunch SCEP and run updates again; it should move much more quickly and complete updates in about 5 minutes.