Anti-Virus is free to install for current students, faculty, and staff. These instructions apply to Mac OS X.
Installing an Anti-Virus Program
Here are links to some free Anti-Virus programs:
- Avast Anti-Virus (Mac & PC) — http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
- Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition (Mac) — http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/free-mac-anti-virus/
- ClamXav (Mac) — http://www.clamxav.com/
Faculty and Staff
you have a previous version of Sophos Anti-Virus, you do not need to uninstall
it before proceeding. The old version will be removed and replaced with the new
version. Follow these steps.
- In a web browser,
go to: http://sophos.slc.edu:81/SophosRemote/savosx70sa.dmg
- Enter your SLC
network username and password (the password you use to log in to campus PCs and
access your H: drive). If you do not know this password, please see Help
- OS X will mount
the drive “Sophos Anti-Virus”.
- Open this
“Sophos Anti-Virus” then double click on the file
- Click Continue,
continue, continue, continue, select the destination drive, click install, type
in your OS X password. This will install the needed files for Sophos. Click
close after the software is successfully installed. Once Sophos is installed, a
blue shield will appear next to the clock.
- Click on the
sophos icon at the top of your screen then click on Open
- Select the
AutoUpdate tab. Click on the lock (lower left corner) to unlock the options
with your OS X password.
“Company web server” and paste the following:
- Enter your SLC
network username and password (the information you use to log in to campus PCs
and access your H: drive) in the User name & password
- Click Set to
confirm the selected options.
- Sophos will
then begin the update process on its own. It will take a few minutes. If you
wish to force Sophos to update click on the Sophos shield then click on Update
Sophos will update itself in the background. The blue shield icon in the
taskbar will flash green while the update is occuring: You must be connected to
the internet in order to recieve updates.
will run a full virus scan at 9 AM and 9 PM daily. The scan runs in the
background, and will only give a report if any viruses are found.
Running a full virus scan
- To run a full
system virus scan, first open Sophos by going to the Applications, then Sophos
- The Sophos
control panel will open. Select Scan Local Disks.
- Sophos will
scan your computer for viruses.
At the conclusion of the scan, Sophos will report on what it finds.
Some errors may be reported when Sophos cannot read certain files. Those errors are
generally nothing to worry about.
Sophos may report that it has shredded, quarantined, or deleted a file. This is good,
it has been able to successfully clear you system of that virus.
If you receive the message that Sophos was unable to deal with a certain file
where it found a virus, try restarting the computer and running another scan.
If the virus is still unable to be eliminated, contact Help Desk for assistance.