Sophos Anti Virus for Linux provides excellent protection against any type of malware, viruses, Trojans , etc on AlmaLinux / Rocky Linux / Amazon Linux. Sophos Antivirus has superior antivirus engine that provides excellent protection and On demand scan that works so effectively.

It has a reliable engine that makes it uses less resources usages while scanning the full file systems with the ease. It has great compatibility and hence works smoothly with both 32bit and 64bit architectures of Linux kernels and wide variety of Linux Distros.

Sophos Anti-Virus has two type of scanner that is on demand scanner and the real time scanner. It has a traditional virus scanner as well as advanced heuristics based virus detection methods that makes complete detection of all types of malware, viruses, Trojans , etc. To install the Sophos Anti-Virus (Free Edition) successfully then follow all the steps.

Step-1 (Download the file of Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux Free Edition)

Hit on Get Started


Fill the name and email address and finally hit on submit


Finally Hit on Download


Accept the terms and conditions and hit on submit


Now Download has started finally save the file for further procedures6

Switch to the root user

Sophos anti-virus is installed with root account

$ su -
Step-2 (Extract tar ball)
# tar -xzf /home/root/Downloads/sav-linux-free-9.tgz
Change the directory where the tarball is extracted.
# cd /home/root/Downloads/sav-linux-free-9/
Step-3 (Install the Sophos Antivirus for Linux)

Update all the system

# yum update all

Run the installations script by following the instructions provided during the script is running.

# ./sophos-av/
Step-4 (Enable Sophos Antivirus Service and Activate Real Time Scanner)
# /etc/init.d/sav-protect start
# /opt/sophos-av/bin/savdctl enable
Step-5 (Start the On demand scanner for scanning the filesystems)

For scanning complete filesystem

# sweep /

For scanning Home directory only

# sweep /home/

Congratulation now you have installed Sophos AV on AlmaLinux / Rocky Linux / Amazon Linux.