Pre-authorize adware and PUAs

If you use role-based administration:

  • You must have the Policy setting - anti-virus and HIPS right to perform this task.
  • You cannot edit a policy if it is applied outside your active sub-estate.

For more information, see Managing roles and sub-estates.

If you want to allow an application to be used that Sophos Endpoint Security and Control has not yet classified as an adware or PUA, you can pre-authorize it by adding it to the list of authorized adware and PUAs yourself.

  1. Go to the Sophos Adware and PUAs web page (
  2. Find, and then copy, the name of the application that you want to pre-authorize.
  3. Check which anti-virus and HIPS policy is used by the group(s) of computers you want to configure.
  4. In the Policies pane, double-click Anti-virus and HIPS.
  5. Double-click the policy you want to change.
    The Anti-Virus and HIPS Policy dialog box is displayed.
  6. Click Authorization.
    The Authorization Manager dialog box is displayed.
  7. On the Adware and PUAs tab, click New entry.
  8. In the Add New Adware or PUA dialog box, paste the application name that you copied in step 2.
The adware or PUA appears in the Authorized adware and PUAs list.

If you have made a mistake or simply want to remove an application from the Authorization Manager, delete it from the list of known adware and PUAs:

  1. In the Authorized adware and PUAs list, select the application.
  2. Click Remove.
  3. In the Known adware or PUAs list, select the application.
  4. Click Delete entry.