Sophos is the recommended anti-virus software for Windows machines at MIT. In addition to installing Sophos on your computer, protect your computer from virus infections (also known as malware infections or system compromises) by following the practices in this article.
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- Download and install the latest version of Sophos. See: Sophos - Installation Instructions for Windows
- Check to make sure DAT (virus definition) files are up to date by right-clicking the Sophos icon in the menu bar and selecting Update now. By default, it will check for updates every hour.
- For maximum security, you can add a custom weekly or daily scan at a time that is convenient for you and when the computer is usually turned on.
- Open Sophos by right-clicking the icon in the menu bar and selecting Open Sophos Endpoint Security and Control.
- Then click Scans and Set up a new scan.
- Select the folder for the scan and save or save and start.
- Check the log to ensure that scans complete successfully. In the application, select View updating log.
MIT also offers Windows Automatic Update Service (WAUS) which focuses on critical security updates and may be used by MIT faculty, staff, and students on MIT-owned and personal machines.