Turn Sophos Live Protection on or off

If you use role-based administration:

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

Sophos Live Protection checks suspicious files against the latest information in the SophosLabs database.

By default, Live Protection sends file data such as checksums to Sophos for checking, but does not send sample files for analysis. To take full advantage of Live Protection, you should select the option to send sample files.

To turn Live Protection options on or off:

  1. Check which anti-virus and HIPS policy is used by the group or groups of computers you want to configure.
  2. In the Policies pane, double-click Anti-virus and HIPS. Then double-click the policy you want to change.
  3. In the Anti-virus and HIPS Policy dialog box, click the Sophos Live Protection button.
  4. In the Sophos Live Protection dialog box:
    • Select or clear the Enable Live Protectioncheck box. This turns Live Protection on or off for on-access scanning.
      Important: The Malicious Traffic Detection and Download Reputation features require Live Protection to be enabled in order to perform instant lookups in the SophosLabs online database and obtain the latest threat or reputation data.
    • Select or clear the Enable Live Protection for on-demand scanning check box. This turns Live Protection on or off for on-demand scans.
    • Select or clear the Automatically send file samples to Sophos check box.

      The samples can be sent only when Live Protection is enabled.

    Note: When a file sample is sent to Sophos for online scanning, the file data (the checksum etc.) is always sent with the sample.