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Expiration of Sophos License & Sophos Removal

For many years, the U of S maintained a subscription agreement for the Sophos Anti-virus software that allowed us to distribute and update this software on university-owned and personally-owned computers for faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees. This license subscription for Sophos Anti-virus software will expire on June 18, 2014. As a result, you will need to remove the university-provided Sophos from any of your computers that are using it; directions are provided below.

Alternative anti-virus software will be required to help protect you and your computer.

University-owned Computers

University-owned computers have an alternate anti-virus product being provided (SCEP for Windows, SCEP for Mac).

Personally-owned Computers

For personally-owned computers, there are a number of free anti-virus software products that are available for your use.

  • Windows - We recommend the use of the free Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus software. See the Microsoft Security Essentials webpage for more information and to download the software.
  • Mac - We recommend the use of the free, Sophos-provided Anti-virus software for use on Mac computers. See the Sophos Antivirus for Mac webpage for more information and to download the software. Note: This is different from the version previously provided by the university. You must remove the Sophos anti-virus software that was provided by the university and download a different version directly from the Sophos website.

Removing Sophos - Windows


  1. Click the Start icon.
  2. Select the Control Panel button.
  3. Choose the Programs and Features link.
  4. Select the Sophos program (note: you will need to repeat for each installed Sophos product.)
  5. Click the Uninstall button.
  6. When promoted, select the Yes button to confirm the removal.

Removing Sophos - Mac


  1. Locate the Remove Utility for Sophos Anti-virus.
  2. Open your Mac Hard Drive and navigate to /Library/Sophos Anti-Virus/.
  3. Open the file Remove Sophos Anti-Virus.pkg.
  4. Press the Continue button.
  5. Select your Mac Hard drive and click the Continue button.
  6. Click the Install button to remove the software.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. When the utility is finished removing Sophos close the window.
  9. Restart your Mac computer
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