Configure right-click scanning

Note If a management console is used to administer Sophos Endpoint Security and Control on this computer, it will not override any changes you make here.

By default, Sophos Anti-Virus detects and cleans up the following threats during a right-click scan:

  • viruses
  • Trojans
  • worms
  • spyware
  • adware and other Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs)

To configure right-click scanning:

  1. Click Home > Anti-virus and HIPS > Configure anti-virus and HIPS > Configure > Right-click scanning.
  2. Under Scan for, set the options as described below.
    Adware and PUAs Adware displays advertising (for example, pop-up messages) that may affect user productivity and system efficiency.

    PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications) are not malicious, but are generally considered unsuitable for business networks.

    Suspicious files Suspicious files exhibit a combination of characteristics that are commonly, but not exclusively, found in viruses.
  3. Under Other scanning options, set the options as described below.
    Scan all files We recommend that you leave this option turned off, as it will affect computer performance adversely. You should scan all files only during a weekly scan.
    Scan inside archive files Turn on this option to scan the contents of archives or compressed files. You need to do this only if you download and distribute such files without extracting the contents.

    We recommend that you leave this option turned off, as it makes scanning significantly slower.

    You will still be protected against any threats in archives or compressed files, as any components of an archive or compressed file that may be malware will be blocked by on-access scanning:

    • When you open a file extracted from the archive file, the extracted file is scanned.
    • Files compressed with dynamic compression utilities such as PKLite, LZEXE, and Diet are scanned.