Anti-Virus for Linux

These instructions are University members who wish to install Sophos Anti-Virus onto their BYOD device running Linux. 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. The Free Edition of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux offers the same protection as the supported product and includes free updates. However, it does not include technical support from Sophos or the IT Services Service Desk. 

Table of Contents

  1. Obtaining Sophos for Linux
  2. Installing Sophos for Linux
  3. Uninstalling Sophos for Linux
  4. Configuration Guide for Sophos for Linux
  5. Further Documentation

Obtaining Sophos for Linux

Prior to running the installation, please make sure that you have removed any previous versions of Sophos by running and that you have checked the necessary system requirements.

In order to obtain the Free Edition of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux, please go to the Sophos Free Anti-Virus for Linux website.

Installing Sophos for Linux

A handy start-up guide with instructions for set-up can be found at the Sophos website.

Uninstalling Sophos for Linux

Details on how to uninstall Sophos for Linux can be found in Section 9 of the startup guide provided by Sophos.

Configuration Guide for Sophos for Linux

A manual containing instructions on how to configure on-access and on-demand scans, schedule scans and manage updates can be found within the Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux configuration guide

Further Documentation

Sophos for Linux documentation can be found at the following Sophos help page


Support Contacts

For a personally managed device or for general advice, please contact the IT Services Service Desk.

For a University or Department owned device, please contact your Local IT Support Staff.

IT Support Staff to contact OxCERT.

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