Sophos Anti-Virus For Home Use
Sophos allowed for Home computer use to Faculty and Staff
Full-time CCRI faculty and staff can use this licensed software at home on a single computer/laptop. This software is provided "as is" and the College claims no responsibility for its compatibility with other software or hardware. It is supported up to the point of installation.
How do I get the Sophos software for home?
The distribution of software covered by the license agreement for full-time CCRI faculty and staff that use computers at work takes place through the Help Desk at the Knight Campus, room 2113 and Classroom Support located at the Flanagan, Liston, and Newport campuses. The CD is distributed on a first come first served basis and can be borrowed for up to 48 hours. The simple installation instructions are available for download as well accompany the CD.
How does Sophos protect me?
Sophos Anti-Virus, like its competitors Norton and McAfee, works in two ways: it prevents viruses from executing, and it removes them if it finds that one has already executed. In order to do this, Sophos maintains a database of known viruses and how to remove them, and updates the anti-virus program periodically to ensure that the computer is protected from the newest threats. Sophos constantly watches the computer, and when it notices a virus trying to execute its code, Sophos will stop it from running and quarantine the file (i.e. lock it up in a special directory where it is unable to harm the computer). Sophos can also be run by the user if an infection is suspected; it will scan the files and folders on the computer, stop any viruses from running, and remove the associated files to the quarantine.
It is important to have antivirus software on the computer to protect not only the computer from damage viruses can cause, but the havoc caused to the campus network. Some viruses are malicious and destructive causing destruction to an individual’s data and can also bring a network to a near halt.
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