Sophos - Installing Sophos Anti-Virus Software (single machine)

The London Grid for Learning provides Sophos Anti Virus software all LGfL connected schools to protect their networks. To enhance this protection, LGfL has negotiated with Sophos that staff are licenced to use this software at home.

Sophos may be installed as a network edition which requires a server or on a machine by machine basis which will be covered by this tutorial.

Download Sophos Anti-Virus from and double click the downloaded file

 Click "Install" and wait for the files to be extracted and the installation procedure to start

Click "Next >"

Select "I accept the terms in the licence agreement" and click "Next >"

If you need to change the installation path, you may do so on this screen using the "Change" button, however normally click "Next >"

In the address field, enter and enter your USO username (abody7.303 for example) and USO password. If your home network requires a proxy server (which is unlikely) check the Access the update source via a proxy. Click "Next >"

If you had indicated a proxy server is needed on the previous screen, then complete the relevant boxes on the following screen. We will be unable to provide support for this as all home networks are different, you are advised to contact your internet service provider or whoever installed your home network. When finished, click "Next >"

It is advisable to only ever have one Anti-Virus software installed on your computer at any one time, therefore ensure that the "Remove third-party security software" box is checked and click "Next >"

Sophos has now collected all the information it needs to install, so click "Next >"

This installation will take a few minutes

When prompted, you may click "Finish"

After a minute, a shield icon should appear in the task bar

Right click the shield icon and select "Open Sophos Endpoint Security and Control"

Select "Configure anti-virus and HIPS"

Select "On-access scanning"

Click the "Cleanup" tab, then:

  • Check the "Automatically clean up items that contain virus/spyware" box
  • Make sure "Delete" is selected in the "Viruses/spyware" group
  • Make sure "Delete" is selected in the "Suspicious files" group

This will ensure that Sophos will try to clean infected files, and delete them if they cannot be cleaned. Click "OK"

Congratulations, your computer is now protected against viruses!

You may safely test the functionality of the software using test downloads from the EICAR website: