For full details, refer to the built-in Help in the Sophos End Point Security and Control program. Note particularly the greyed out tab control whether on-access scanning is enabled together with when Sophos will check files (i.e. For version 10 of Sophos files are checked On read, On write and On rename.
The Scan for section of this tab specifies what type of malware Sophos checks for.
If the shield looks different, such as shown in the following picture, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page for explanations and possible solutions.
Sophos generally pops up status messages from the shield to alert you to problems, as well as to confirm that Sophos is running properly.
On Windows 7 systems you may prefer to change the settings so that the shield is always visible.
This may make it easier to see when Sophos is running normally or whether there are any problems.
By default Sophos is configured to scan for malware including viruses but will not check for Adware and PUAs (potentially unwanted applications) or Suspicious files.
This is because some legitimate software can be detected if these options are enabled.
Please check with your local IT Support Staff about antivirus protection for college and departmental systems as local arrangements often apply, and installing the version intended for personal systems may cause problems.
To open the main Sophos program itself, if you need to run scans, modify configuration or manage items in quarantine, open Sophos End Point Security and Control from the Sophos Endpoint Security and Control uses a username and password to automatically download updates.
On computers that are connected to the internet Sophos will check for updates once an hour.
If you wish to change any Sophos client settings you may do so.
This section covers some common configuration changes including configuring and running manual scans.