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Should I remove Sophos Management Communications System?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
7% remove it93% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #14,021
United States Rank #10,568
Reach 0.0209%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.88 days
84.85 days >
Average installed length: 44.58 days


VersionDistribution 12.62% 20.39% 0.24% 7.77% 2.91% 0.24% 4.61%
2.0.1 34.47%
2.0.0 4.13%
1.5.8 2.43%
1.5.7 0.73%
1.5.6 2.18%
1.5.5 4.61%
1.5.3 1.94%
1.5.2 0.49%
1.5.1 0.24%

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Sophos Management Communications System


Sophos Management Communications System is a software program developed by Sophos Limited. The most common release is 2.0.1, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The setup package generally installs about 15 files and is usually about 1.38 MB (1,445,888 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 61% of users of Sophos Management Communications System 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\management communications system\endpoint
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{A1DC5EF8-DD20-45E8-ABBD-F529A24D477B}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.38 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Sophos Management Communications System

  • HbtAdapter.dll - Sophos Management Communications System (Sophos HBT Adapter)
  • mcsadapter.dll - Sophos MCS Adapter
  • mcsagent.exe - Sophos MCS Agent Service
  • mcsclient.exe - Sophos MCS Client Service
  • mcsclientapi.dll - Sophos MCS Client API
  • mcsevents.dll - Sophos MCS Client Event Log Messages
  • McsHeartbeat.exe - Sophos MCS Heartbeat Service
  • BPAIF.dll - BPA Interface (Sophos System Protection Service Interface DLL)
  • HealthApi.dll - Sophos Health (Sophos Health API)
  • log4cplus.dll - log4cplus (log4cplus Dynamic Link Library)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Services
  • McsClient.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos MCS Client' (Sophos MCS Client) "Management Communications Client.".
  • McsAgent.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos MCS Agent' (Sophos MCS Agent) "Management Communications Agent.".
  • McsHeartbeat.exe runs as a service named 'Sophos MCS Heartbeat' (Sophos MCS Heartbeat) "Management Communications Heartbeat.".

How do I remove Sophos Management Communications System?

You can uninstall Sophos Management Communications System 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Sophos Management Communications System, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Management Communications System.

Win 10 68%
Win XP 1%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 7%
Keep it 93%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 67.80%
Windows 7 30.99%
Windows XP 1.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 36.50%
Windows 7 Professional 17.27%
Windows 10 Pro 15.57%
Windows 7 Home Premium 8.27%
Windows 8.1 5.35%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.62%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.70%
  United Kingdom 8.67%
  Germany 4.61%
  Netherlands 3.51%
  Italy 3.32%
  Canada 2.77%
  Belgium 2.77%
  Australia 2.58%
  France 2.03%
  Brazil 0.92%
  Switzerland 0.92%
  Hong Kong 0.74%
  Czech Republic 0.55%
  Malaysia 0.55%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 31.92%
Hewlett-Packard 24.62%
Toshiba 8.85%
Lenovo 8.08%
ASUS 7.31%
Acer 7.31%
Intel 3.85%
Samsung 1.92%
MSI 1.54%
Common models
ASUS All Series 6.63%
MSI MS-7697 6.08%
Dell Inspiron 3847 3.87%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.76%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.76%
VMware, Inc. VMware Virtu... 2.76%

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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