Sophos Anti-Virus - Uninstall & Removal Instructions

At the end of May 2013, ITS will no longer provide or support Sophos Anti-Virus on personally owned computers.

This means that faculty, staff, and students will have to remove Sophos and acquire their own anti-virus software to protect their computers. A list of alternative options, including free anti-virus products, is available at the Anti-Virus Software page. Technology Help Desk staff are available to assist with the transition away from Sophos.

This change is being made for a variety of technical reasons and to ease some of the troubles involved in updating Norse Keys, which could lead to a computer being vulnerable to viruses.

Sophos will remain on Luther owned workstations.

Windows Removal Instructions

Prior to installing a new antivirus program, it is important that you remove your old antivirus program. If you would like assistance with this process, please contact the Technology Help Desk.

Windows – Program and Features

  1. Click on Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs and Features.
  3. Right Click on Sophos Anti-Virus and select Uninstall.
  4. Click Yes when/if prompted.
  5. Repeat for each item labeled Sophos.
    1. There should be three items – Sophos Anti-Virus, Sophos AutoUpdate, and Sophos Remote Management System.
  6. Reboot your computer when finished.

Manual Instructions

NOTE – Use these instructions only if the above option has failed. These instructions include editing the Registry. If you are uncertain, please contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance.

  1. Click on Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Click on Programs and Features.
  3. Right Click on Sophos Anti-Virus and select Uninstall.
  4. Click Yes when prompted.
  5. Do not reboot if prompted.
  6. Click on Start and type regedit.
  7. Click on File – Export. Give the file a name and save it in a safe location on the computer.
  8. Locate and Delete the following:
    1. HKLM/Software/Sophos
    2. HKCU/Software/Sophos
    3. HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet/Services – Locate Interchk, SAV, Sophos, and Sweep to remove
  9. Open My Computer.
  10. Delete the following directories and files.
    1. C:\Program Files\Sophos
    2. C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sophos
    3. C:\Windows\Temp (or C:\WinNT\Temp – Locate and remove any Sophos files
  11. Download and run the MSI Cleanup Utility from Microsoft. Remove anything associated with Sophos.
  12. Reset Security Permissions as defined in
  13. Reboot.
  14. Run the MSI Cleanup Utility program to confirm Sophos is removed.

Mac OS X Removal Instructions

Sophos Anti-Virus for the Mac comes with a pre-existing removal tool. Follow the instructions below to remove Sophos from your personally owned computer.

Sophos Removal Package

  1. Select Go from the top menu.
    1. If you are in another application, click on your Desktop and Go will appear across the top menu.
  2. Select Computer.
  3. Double-Click on your Hard Drive.
    1. This is normally called Macintosh HD or something similar.
  4. Double-Click on Library.
  5. Double-Click on Sophos Anti-Virus.
  6. Double-Click on the Remove Sophos Anti-Virus.pkg file.
  7. Click Continue and then Install.
  8. Enter your computer password when/if prompted.
  9. Click Close when finished.

The Sophos shield should no longer appear on the menu bar in the upper right near your clock. If it does, repeat the above steps or contact the Technology Help Desk for assistance.