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Please copy and paste the link:\\\\sophosupdate\fix.bat
into either:

The Internet Explorer web browser address bar
The Windows Explorer tool (START, all programs, accessories, Windows Explorer) and execute the link. 

If you get a warning about running an insecure file, respond that it is OK to do so. A DOS box will appear and various commands will be executed. You will eventually be prompted to hit ENTER to complete the process.

If you have any questions or need assistance with executing this fix file, please contact ITS at 718.677.6180.

Please note that this fix will only work from on campus, or when connected to the campus network using VPN. If you are a first time installer please make sure your computer does not have any anti-virus software on it. If you have Sophos anti-virus version 4 or below, you will need to uninstall it first. To uninstall please use the following instructions. ( How to uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus (Windows XP | Windows 98). Once your computer is free of any Anti-Virus software or has Sophos version 5 or higher, you can use the following link to install the latest version of Sophos Anti-Virus. Please note that if you are off campus, you must establish a VPN connection to Brooklyn College before Sophos can be downloaded.

SOPHOS is the college's enterprise-wide virus protection solution. It protects every tier of the Brooklyn College IT infrastructure, including desktops and servers. The SOPHOS virus engine is updated automatically throughout the week to deal with new virus threats and these updates are then propagated to the many desktop and server systems on campus. Since your workstation virus definitions are updated when you start up your computer, be sure to shut down and restart your systems regularly and to make sure that SOPHOS is loaded on your system.

Please note that licensing rules require that you access the download page from on campus. If you are off campus, you must access the page via aVPN (windows 10).

Once Sophos file is downloaded you have to manually configure Auto - updating for Sophos.

1.Locate the Sophos Anti-Virus icon in the system tray, right-click the icon to display a menu, and select Configure updating.

2.In the properties for Sophos Auto Update dialog box, click the Primary server tab and set the source for updates.

3.Please use this addresses from which Sophos Anti-Virus will usually fetch updates:

For Mac OS - (click to view)


Win9x -



As username and password you should use your BC email credentials.

Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista - Download Sophos

» Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux on Intel using libc6 click here (use wget command to get the files)
» Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux on Intel using libc6 w glibc 2.2 click here (use wget command to get the files)

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