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How To Install Sophos Antivirus On Ubuntu?

Sophos provides free antivirus software for Linux computers. One of the main features for the antivirus is that it has an on-access, on-demand, and scheduled scanning for all Linux based servers and desktops. The Sophos antivirus also gives out the Live Protection feature that will have all the suspicious files detected in the real-time scanning through SophosLabs. The Sophos antivirus supports the 64-Bit versions of the Linux operating system. The primary requirement is that it needs a minimum disk space of the 1GB RAM. To install Sophos antivirus on Ubuntu, follow the steps below.

Install Sophos Antivirus On Ubuntu?


  1. The very first step to follow is, you need to download the Sophos Antivirus software for Linux from the official Sophos antivirus page.
  2. The compressed .tgz file will be downloaded to your Ubuntu computer.

Open The Terminal Window

  1. Type ls next to the sudo prompt and press the Enter button.
  2. Now, to go to the downloads section, enter the command cd downloads and press the Enter button.
  3. Again, you will have to type ls and press the Enter button.
  4. Now, extract the contents of the .tgz file and then replace the file name with the name as given in the command: tar -xvzf sav-Linux-free-9.tgz
  5. Use the ls command, to see the files included in the extracted file.
  6. Enter cd sophos-av and press the Enter button to open the subdirectory.

  1. Now, make use of the following command to run the installation, sudo sh ./install.sh.
  2. Press Enter and scroll down the page to type Y for confirmation of the installation.
  3. You will also be prompted to select the type of update you want for the Sophos antivirus software.
  4. You will then be questioned to select the type of file for installation. Select one of the options: Free (f) or Supported (S), type S. Then press the Enter button.
  5. You will then be prompted whether you want a proxy to handle Sophos. Type N and press the Enter button.
  6. The process to install Sophos antivirus on Ubuntu is now complete.