How to install Sophos Antivirus for Linux on ubuntu

Sophos Antivirus for Linux is a free antivirus software for linux computer from Sophos. Sophos Group plc is a UK based security software and hardware company. Main features of Sophos Antivirus for Linux is on-access, on-demand, and scheduled scanning for Linux servers and desktops. It also uses the Live Protection feature to look up suspicious files in real time via SophosLabs. It supports linux 64-bit versions OS. It recommands Minimum 1 GB Disk space 1GB of RAM.

Main features of Sophos Antivirus for Linux

Detects and cleans viruses, Trojans, and other malware.
Real time Live Protection.
On-access, on-demand, and scheduled scanning.
Also detects and cleans Windows, Mac, and Android malware.
Small size Protection updates.

Install Sophos Antivirus for Linux on ubuntu

Go to the this download link and fill the form and submit to get the download links.

Click the download button and accept the terms and submit it. Then you will get the file. The size of the downloaded file is more than 400MB.

After download save it in your Desktop folder. Right click on the file, and select extract here.

extract here
After that, open your terminal.To open terminal click the Dash home from unity launcher.And type terminal in the search field.And click Terminal.


Type the below command in the terminal and hit enter.

cd Desktop/sophos-av

To start the installer, type the below command in terminal

sudo sh ./

Type your ubuntu password.

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Then type return and press enter and press the spacebar till the last line of the licence term.

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When it asked about acceptance of licence agreement that is Do you accept the licence?

Type Y and press enter

Then press enter. The default installation path is  /opt/sophos-av.

Type Y  and press enter to enable on-access scanning.

Then type S and press enter to update antivirus software from Sophos server. For own server type o and for none type n.

After that type f and press enter to install the free version of Sophos Antivirus for Linux.

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Then type n and enter, if you don’t need the proxy to install the updates.

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How to uninstall Sophos Antivirus for Linux on ubuntu

To uninstall Sophos Antivirus for Linux on ubuntu just type the below command on terminal and hit enter.

sudo /opt/sophos-av/

Some of the important Sophos Antivirus for Linux related CLI commands

Enable on-access scanning:

sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savdctl enable

Disable on-access scanning:

sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savdctl disable

Scan Volume Boot Records:

sudo savscan -bs=/dev/sda1

Scan Master Boot Records :

sudo savscan -mbr

Turn Live Protection On:

sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savconfig set LiveProtection true

Turn Live Protection Off:

sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savconfig set LiveProtection false

Install Updates:

sudo /opt/sophos-av/bin/savupdate
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