2. Further Configuration and Setting up Manual and Scheduled Scans
In this section we provide details on how to change these settings, and on the most common options that you might want to change. For full details of all of the settings consult the Sophos Anti-Virus 8 for Mac OS X Help document.
These are the options to scan
[Inside archives and compressed files] and
[Files on network volumes]. Enabling these options will mean that Sophos
checks more files for malware, but may slow down the checking.
By default disinfection is enabled and access to infected files is denied and the files
moved to a standard location if this fails. The default location that Sophos uses is
/Users/Shared/Infected. This gives you the chance to inspect any
infected files, attempt to disinfect them, and if that fails to try and recover data
from them before deleting them from your system. If you prefer to delete any infected
files immediately then choose the
Delete infected files option but we
would recommend that you don't configure on-access scanning this way as occasionally it
could lead to legitimate files being deleted by accident.
Occasionally you may need to check that you are using the correct set of credentials. The FAQ page explains how to check whether you are using an up to date set of credentials.
Logging to view or change the log settings and on
Messaging to control the way that Sophos alerts you about malware.
Normally you should not need to alter any of these settings. If you want to view the
log file you can do this from the
Logging window by clicking on
The on-access scanning gives you constant protection against viruses and other malware that might be contained in any files on your computer. In addition you can perform on-demand scans of all or part of your hard disk. As with on-access scanning you can also configure options that control the way that on-demand scans work.
To configure on-demand scans, open Sophos Anti-Virus by clicking on the Sophos shield
in the menu bar and selecting
[Open Sophos Anti-Virus...] from the menu. You
can also open Sophos Anti-Virus from the
When the preferences window opens, if necessary click on
Scanning to view the options for on-demand scans. Before you can make any
changes to the configuration the padlock in the bottom left of the screen needs to be
open. If it isn't, click on the padlock and enter your password when prompted.
The default options for on-demand scans are shown below. By default cleanup isn't
enabled so you may want to change this setting, for example to
[Clean up infected
files]. If you choose this setting, a further setting will appear allowing you
to choose what to do if cleanup fails.
In the screen shown below the default options have been changed so that Sophos will
attempt to clean up any threats found and if this fails will move them to the folder
/Users/Shared/Infected. We generally don't recommend setting
either of the settings
When a threat is found and
Delete infected files as on rare occasions Sophos
may delete a legitimate file. It is better to simply move the files which would allow
you to retrieve them later if necessary.
You can also set up a custom scan such as a scan that will check part of your hard
disk. To do this return the first Sophos Anti-Virus window and if necessary click on
the arrow next to
Custom Scans to expand the window.
Click on the plus at the bottom left of the screen to create a new scan. You can set similar options as for the standard scan, as well as selecting what part of the Mac to scan. For full information refer to the Sophos Anti-Virus 8 for Mac OS X Help document.
For further information please refer to the Sophos Anti-Virus 8 for Mac OS X Help document.