• The IT Support Center recommends that you use some type of antivirus to protect your machine. There are two options for using or installing antivirus softwares—Windows Defender and Sophos.

    Windows Defender is a built-in antivirus software offered on Windows 10 machines. If you have Windows 10, make sure Defender is turned on, as well as auto-updates.

    Sophos Endpoint Security and Control is the virus protection software licensed by the university. It is available to all current faculty, staff, and students for personal use.

    For personal use, use the appropriate link to download Sophos, and don’t forget to keep Sophos updated.

    Access to these downloads is restricted to IUP employees and students. You will be prompted for your username and password. Please use your network password.

    Important! Enter your username as iupmsd\username (note the direction of the slash).

    Sophos Endpoint Security and Control Full download for Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows 7

    Note: Before installing Sophos, you must uninstall prior versions of antivirus software. If you have an earlier version of McAfee, the download will attempt to remove it prior to completing the installation. To install Sophos:

    1. Click the Download Now button to download the file to the location of your choice.  (See note above about the correct way to enter your username.)
    2. When the download completes, browse to the folder where you saved it.
    3. Double-click SAV-RU.exe to begin the installation. For Windows 8 installations:  You will see a prompt indicating that Windows SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting.  Below that you'll see the More info link. Click the More info link, then click Run anyway. If you don't see this window and the option to Run anyway, repeat this process starting with step 1.
    4. When the installation has completed, you will be prompted to restart your PC. Click Restart Now to restart your PC.
    5. After the reboot, the Sophos installation will be complete.

    Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac (zip file)

    Note: Before installing Sophos, you must uninstall prior versions of anti-virus software. To install Sophos:

    Starting with OS X Mavericks (10.9) some machines are set up with a security preference to not allow applications from outside of the apple store. This must be turned off to install Sophos on your machine. To turn off this feature and then install Sophos, please follow these steps.

    1.  Open up Finder
    2.  Select Preferences
    3.  Click on Security & Privacy > general
    4.  Look for the section that says "Allow applications downloaded from:" make sure this is changed to "Anywhere"
    5. Close and follow the installation steps below. You may want to turn this feature back on after installation.
    6. Click the Download Now button to download the installer disk image to the location of your choice. This will download
    7. Double-click on to extract its contents.
    8. Double-click on the extracted installation package file — Install Sophos Anti-Virus.
    9. Respond to the prompts (accepting the license agreement, installation location, etc.)
    10. When the installation has completed, you will see "Install Succeeded."
    11. Sophos will update immediately following the installation. This update could take between five and ten minutes, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

    Keep Sophos Updated

    Sophos only works well if you frequently update the files used to identify threats. It is configured to update automatically every two hours, as long as you have an Internet connection. Please note that if you are updating manually, you will not be able to update more than once per hour.

    To verify automatic updates:

    1. Right-click on the Sophos shield in the system tray.
    2. Choose Open Sophos Endpoint Security and Control.
    3. Click View production information.
    4. Expand the Software item under Auto update. You should see a recent date under “Last checked for updates.”

    To update manually:

    1. Right-click on the Sophos shield in the system tray.
    2. Choose Update now.