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Should I remove Sophos Anti-Virus?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
11% remove it89% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,808
United States Rank #2,257
Reach 0.2471%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.10 days
297.85 days >
Average installed length: 156.50 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
10.6.2.852 0.03%
10.6.2.509 0.58%
10.6.2.263 0.03%
10.6.1 0.03%
10.6.0 0.84%
10.5.3 0.61%
10.5.2 0.12%
10.3.15 14.98%
10.3.14 0.12%
10.3.13 9.32%
10.3.12 9.55%
10.3.11 8.11%
10.3.10 0.63%
10.3.7 11.34%
10.3.6 0.20%
10.3.4 0.03%
10.3.3 0.17%
10.3.2 0.03%
10.3.1 17.29%
10.3.0 0.06%
10.2.11 0.06%
10.2.9 1.99%
10.2.8 1.59%
10.2.7 1.01%
10.2.6 1.04%
10.2.4 1.18%
10.2.3 0.09%
10.2.2 0.17%
10.2.1 0.06%
10.0.12 6.52%
10.0.11 4.39%
10.0.10 5.40%
10.0.9 0.20%
10.0.8 0.61%
10.0.7 0.29%
10.0.6 0.12%
10.0.5 0.09%
10.0.4 0.03%
10.0.3 0.03%
10.0.2 0.12%
10.0.1 0.14%
10.0.0 0.03%
9.7.9 0.14%
9.7.8 0.12%
9.7.7 0.35%
9.7.6 0.09%
9.7.5 0.06%
9.7.2 0.06%

Typically installed together

Sophos Anti-Virus

What is Sophos Anti-Virus?  (from Sophos Limited)

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Overview

Sophos Anti-Virus is a program developed by Sophos Limited. The most used version is 10.3.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is SAVAdminService.exe. The software installer includes 97 files and is usually about 3.18 MB (3,329,536 bytes). swi_update.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 8. While about 57% of users of Sophos Anti-Virus come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.sophos.com
Help link: www.sophos.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{9ACB414D-9347-40B6-A453-5EFB2DB59DFA}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 3.18 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Sophos Anti-Virus

Program executable:SAVAdminService.exe
Name:Sophos Anti-Virus
Sophos Administrator Service
Path:C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\SAVAdminService.exe
MD5:eec844b1d42ad4be16c690bf3611327d
Additional files:
  • conan.dll - Sophos Security and Control (Sophos Content Analysis Library DLL)
  • sav32cli.exe - Sophos Limited SAVI CLI (SAVI CLI)
  • AuthorisedLists.dll - Sophos Anti-Virus (Manages lists of authorised and/or blocked applications and files)
  • BackgroundScanClient.exe - Executes background (silent) scanning
  • BackgroundScanning.dll - Background (silent) scanning components
  • BHOManagement.dll - Browser Helper Object management components
  • Categories.dll - Message categories resources for SAV for XP
  • ComponentManager.dll - ComponentManager component
  • Configuration.dll - Configuration Node, Manager and other components
  • DataControlManagement.dll - Data Control management component
  • DataControlPlugin.dll - Plugin for the DataControl user interface
  • DCManagement.dll - Device control management
  • DesktopMessaging.dll - Desktop Messaging Services
  • DetectionFeedback.dll - Detection feedback
  • DeviceControlPlugin.dll - Plugin for the DeviceControl user interface
  • DriveProcessor.dll - Drive processing components
  • EEConsumer.dll - ES Events
  • FilterProcessors.dll - Exclusion and Extension Filter
  • FSDecomposer.dll - File system decomposer (directory walker)
  • ICAdapter.dll - On access scanning interface components
  • ICManagement.dll - On access scanning management components
  • ICProcessors.dll - SAVOnAccess Processors
  • Instrumentation.dll - Instrumentation components
  • LegacyConsumers.dll - Legacy alerting components
  • Localisation.dll - Components for localisation support
  • Logging.dll - Logging and messaging components
  • native.exe - Native install helper
  • osdp.dll - Sophos Anti-Virus O/S support DLL
  • Persistance.dll - Persistance support components
  • SavAdapter.dll - Enterprise Suite Adapter
  • SAVAdminService.exe - Sophos Administrator Service
  • SAVCleanupService.exe - Sophos Cleanup Service
  • SAVControl.dll - SAV Control component
  • SAVI.dll - Sophos Anti-Virus interface DLL
  • SavMain.exe
  • savmscm.dll - Sophos Anti-Virus component for MimeSweeper
  • SavNeutralRes.dll - SAV for XP neutral resources
  • SavPlugin.dll - Plugin for the SAV user interface
  • SavProgress.exe - Sophos Anti-Virus Right-Click Scan
  • savproxy.exe - Proxy Configuration
  • SavRes.dll - Message resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResChs.dll - Common Simplified Chinese resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResCht.dll - Common Traditional Chinese resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResDeu.dll - Common German resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResEng.dll - Common English resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResEsp.dll - Common Spanish resources for SAV for XP
  • SavResFra.dll
  • SavSecurity.dll - User access handling components
  • SavService.exe - Performs virus scanning and disinfection functions
  • SavShellExt.dll - Components for extending windows shell with SAV scan
  • SavShellExtX64.dll
  • bpaif.dll - BPA Interface (Sophos System Protection Service Interface DLL)
  • swc_service.exe - Sophos Web Control Service
  • swcadapter.dll - Sophos Web Control Management Adapter
  • swi_callout.sys - Sophos Web Intelligence
  • swi_config.exe
  • swi_di.exe
  • swi_fc.exe
  • swi_filter.dll
  • swi_filter.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SavShellExt.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SavShellExt' with a class of {A3A1D8A1-006D-4B93-BA27-6F6B4C9C4F1D}.
  • SavShellExtX64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SavShellExt' with a class of {A3A1D8A1-006D-4B93-BA27-6F6B4C9C4F1D}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • BackgroundScanClient.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Every Hour' (runs weekly on Wednesdays at 00:00).
  • SavMain.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{74C2A3F0-1663-4151-8AC4-33DC8435A4C5}' (runs on registration).
7 Services
  • SAVAdminService.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Anti-Virus status reporter' (SAVAdminService) "Provides information to Windows Security Center on whether Sophos Anti-Virus is up to date and whether on-access scanning is enabled.".
  • SavService.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Anti-Virus' (SAVService) "Performs threat scanning and cleanup functions.".
  • SAVCleanupService.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Cleanup Service' (SAVCleanupService) "Performs cleanup functions.".
  • swi_service.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Web Intelligence Service' (swi_service) "Protects against threats from malicious websites.".
  • swi_filter.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Web Filter' (swi_filter) "Ensures web usage is safe and consistent with policy.".
  • swc_service.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos Web Control Service' (Sophos Web Control Service) "Manages Web Control policy.".
  • Plus 1 more
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • SavMain.exe is added as a firewall exception for '%programfiles%\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\SavMain.exC:*:enableC:SophosAV'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

SAVAdminService.exe
Memory:2.85 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0001151902%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00005449%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00006070%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:11,379
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:19.2 KB
435.61 KB average
swc_service.exe
Memory:1.88 MB
Total CPU:0.0000642760%
Kernel CPU:0.00003755%
User CPU:0.00002673%
CPU cycles/sec:13,789
I/O reads/min:42 Bytes

How do I remove Sophos Anti-Virus?

Quickly and completely remove Sophos Anti-Virus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Sophos Anti-Virus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Sophos Anti-Virus.

HOW IT RUNS
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 11%
Keep it 89%
 
GLOBAL RANK
#2,808

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.13%
Windows 8 26.79%
Windows XP 5.76%
Windows Vista 3.05%
Windows Server 2003 0.20%
Windows 8.1 0.06%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 33.65%
Windows 7 Home Premium 17.44%
Windows 8.1 10.29%
Windows 7 Enterprise 9.33%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.61%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.03%

Distribution by countryGeography

57.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 57.00%
  United Kingdom 10.43%
  Germany 7.55%
  France 3.43%
  Australia 3.31%
  Italy 2.84%
  Netherlands 1.98%
  Canada 1.83%
  India 0.77%
  DK 0.72%
  Belgium 0.65%
  Taiwan 0.59%
  Brazil 0.56%
  Malaysia 0.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 39.91%
Hewlett-Packard 28.50%
Acer 8.72%
Toshiba 7.62%
ASUS 4.76%
Lenovo 3.61%
Intel 2.11%
GIGABYTE 1.72%
Samsung 1.72%
Apple 0.66%
Sahara 0.66%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 3.38%
Dell OptiPlex 790 3.18%
Dell OptiPlex 7010 2.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.67%
Dell Latitude E6420 2.56%
Dell OptiPlex 780 2.26%

About Sophos Limited

Sophos is a developer of security software and hardware, including anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-spyware, network access control and data loss prevention for desktops, servers, email systems and other network gateways.
Publisher URL: www.sophos.com

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