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I am unable to install Sophos on my Windows 10 machine

Starting July of 2021, IS&T has migrated to a new version of Sophos called Sophos Central. MIT users have until the summer of 2022 before the old version will stop receiving updates. This page references the legacy version of Sophos. You can see documentation for the new Sophos Central here and download the newest version of Sophos here.
  • Computers with Windows Defender enabled may detect the Sophos installer download as malware


  • Windows 10 computers are unable to install Sophos Antivirus Software


  • Disable Defenders Realtime Scanning by :
    Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security.
    Select Windows Defender, then turn Real-time protection on or off.

Then try the download of Sophos again.

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June 16, 2021

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