2. Further Configuration and Setting up Manual and Scheduled Scans
- Clean up virus-infected files. If this fails it will move them to a special
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\INFECTED(Windows XP) or
C:\ProgramData\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\INFECTED(Windows 7 and Vista).
- A weekly full scan of your C: drive is scheduled to run at 21:00 on Wednesdays.
- Web Protection is enabled
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. For full details, refer to the built-in Help in the Sophos EndPoint Security and Control program.
Open Sophos and you will see the following screen. Note particularly the greyed out
Home button near the top of the window under the
menu. You can use this button from other Sophos screens to return to this main
The options on the
Scanning tab control whether on-access scanning is
enabled together with when Sophos will check files (i.e. on read, on write etc.). For
version 10 of Sophos files are checked On read, On write and On
The Scan for section of this tab specifies what type of malware Sophos checks
for. 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. Enabling these options is more thorough but may also detect legitimate
software. If you do want to enable them we recommend that you first do a manual scan of
your computer for Adware and PUAs and/or Suspicious files. You can
then authorise any any legitimate software that is detected as supicious or a
PUA before you enable detection of these files via On-access scanning. To authorise
legitimate software use the
[Anti-Virus/Authorization...] option on the
Sophos provides automatic on-access scanning which gives you constant protection against viruses in any files, emails etc. that you are actually using. In addition, you can perform on-demand scans of either your whole hard disk(s) or just selected sections.
On-demand scans can be run manually, or you can schedule them to run at a particular time and on particular days of the week. The preconfigured package provided is configured to run a scan every Wednesday at 9pm. You can't edit this scan but you can delete it and set up your own scan.
From here you can choose what files or folders the program will scan for you. In this
example on Windows 7, Sophos has been configured to scan
Documents. In the Scan name box, add a name e.g.
Next, select the
Configure this scan option near the bottom of the
window. A new window,
Individual scan settings, will open. The
Cleanup tab will allow you to specify what Sophos does it it finds any
malware. The options on both the Scanning and the Cleanup tabs are
very similar to those outlined in section 2.1. General Sophos Settings.
Saved scans can be scheduled to run automatically on your machine. NB. You cannot save a scheduled scan if you do not have a password set to log on to your machine. For advice on passwords and password security please see the OUCS Password pages.
- From the
Available Scanslisting on the front page, open a saved scan by selecting it from the list and then clicking on
Edit. The scan configuration page will open.
- Click on the
Schedule this Scanoption near the bottom of the window.
- A new screen will open. Initially all options are greyed out, but these are
enabled by clicking the
Enable schedulecheckbox. Sophos adds default values when this is first enabled.
- The scan will run automatically at the day and time specified. Note that if your computer is turned off at the time when the scan is supposed to run then it simply will not run.
To run the general virus scan, return to the main Sophos window (use the
Home button under the
[Help] menu) and select the
Scan my computer icon. This will immediately start a full scan of your
To run a saved scan, select the
Scans option on the main Sophos window
to view the list of available scans. Select a scan from the list and then click on the
Start button. Note that you cannot do this for the preconfigured
Wednesday 21:00 scan.