Sophos on Mac - Running a Full Scan


This process is here to teach you how run a full scan with updated virus definitions on Sophos for Mac.


  • A Mac laptop or desktop
  • A Mac with Sophos installed


  1. To update Sophos' virus definitions, click on the shield icon in your Finder toolbar and select "Update Now". 
  2. Sophos will now begin to search for any updates it needs through the internet. If it pops up with any updates, make sure to install them.
  3. Once all your virus definitions have been updated, go back to the Sophos shield icon and select "Scan This Mac".
  4. Your computer will now begin scanning all your files for virus infections. This may take a few hours, depending on how much data is on your computer.

For assistance, contact the IS Service Desk.


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