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How to Install Sophos Anti Virus on CentOS 7

How to Install Sophos Anti-Virus (Free Edition) on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 / SL 7 / OL 7.  Sophos Anti Virus for Linux provides excellent protection against any type of malware, viruses, Trojans , etc. Sophos Antivirus has superior antivirus engine that provides excellent protection and On demand scan that works so effectively.
Sophos Anti-Virus provides best performance engine and very lightweight against system resources. 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.

How to Install Sophos Anti-Virus (Free Edition) on EL7

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


Fill all the details and hit on submit


Now Download has started finally save the file for further procedures


Step-2 (Switch to the root user)

Sophos anti-virus must be installed with root account

[gopal@techbrown ~]$ su -
Step-3 (Extract the tar ball where the tarball is downloaded)
[root@techbrown ~]# tar -xzf /home/root/Downloads/sav-linux-free-9.tgz
Step-4 (Change the directory where the tarball is extracted.)
[root@techbrown ~]# cd /home/root/Downloads/sav-linux-free-9/
Step-5 (Install the Sophos Antivirus for Linux)

Update all the system

[root@techbrown ~]# yum update all

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

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[root@techbrown ~]# ./sophos-av/
Step-6 (Enable Sophos Antivirus Service and Activate Real Time Scanner)
[root@techbrown ~]# /etc/init.d/sav-protect start
[root@techbrown ~]# /opt/sophos-av/bin/savdctl enable
Step-7 (Start the On demand scanner for scanning the filesystems)

For scanning complete filesystem

[root@techbrown ~]# sweep /

For scanning Home directory only

[root@techbrown ~]# sweep /home/

Final Words

Congratulation now you have installed the Sophos Antivirus to secure your Linux distros. If you have any issues then please use the comment section below for more information’s and help.

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