This article provides instructions for downloading and installing Sophos antivirus software on a Linux device. 

The following instructions were produced using Ubuntu 10.04. Some information may vary depending on your operating system version.

Download

  1. . Download the 2 files eminstall.sh and eminstall.conf from the bottom of this page.

Install

  1. Make eminstall.sh executable. From Terminal:

    sudo chmod a+x /etc/eminstall.sh

  2. Run eminstall.sh. From Terminal:

    sudo /etc/eminstall.sh

  3. After a minute or so you should receive a message to say the installation was successful.

Set up virus scans and auto updating

You will need to set up two cron jobs to perform a periodic virus scan of all your files and to keep Sophos up to date.

  1. You will need elevate yourself to root to create the cron jobs.

  2. Create a cron job. From Terminal:

    crontab -e

  3. Choose your preferred editor (we are using vi).

  4. Enter the following to run a virus scan that is performed weekly at 9:30 every Wednesday morning. You can modify these times to suit your own needs:

    30 9 * * 3 /usr/local/bin/sweep -f

  5. On the line below enter the following to update your anti-virus 16:00 every afternoon. You can modify these times to suit your own needs:

    0 16 * * * /etc/eminstall.sh

  6. Save the file. Sophos should now be fully configured.

Please note

eminstall works for both GNOME and KDE - Sophos no longer supports libc6. A requirement of glibc 2.2 or above is required.


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