Sophos Central Windows Installation Guide

  • This guide will show you how to install Sophos Central Antivirus on non-managed Windows for University of Regina systems. This installation is not required for computers in University of Regina labs, Evergreen Systems, or computers with ZenWorks installed.
  • The purpose of this guide is to allow Windows users of unmanaged systems to install and maintain an updated Sophos Central application, which replaces previous Sophos versions. Sophos Central effectively scans system for viruses and other malware.
  • Sophos can only be installed on University owned computers, such as research funded, APEA purchased, or departmental assets. Sophos is not permitted to be installed on personally owned, or home computers. 
  • Installation is provided only to employees (faculty/staff) of the University of Regina. 
  • Sophos is the recommended and supported antivirus application for use on University of Regina owned Windows systems.
  • Sophos Central will automatically update whenever it is connected to the internet.

Installation Requirements:

  1. University owned Windows computer which is unmanaged
  2. Supported Operating systems:
    1. Windows 8/8.1
    2. Windows 10
    3. Dual core processor
    4. 2GB RAM
  3. Sophos requires that you have an active account username and password with employee permissions with the University of Regina for the initial installation download from the website.
  4. An account on your computer with installation privileges
  5. An internet connection

To remove any other antivirus software on a Windows computer:

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Search for "Add or Remove Programs".
  3. Locate your current antivirus software in the Apps & Features list.
  4. Uninstall that application.
  5. Restart your computer.
    1. It is recommended to restart your PC before installing new antivirus software as some antivirus software components may be retained in system memory.

Installation Steps:

  1. Go to the IS/Staff Downloads page located at or on URsource
  2. Click the link to download the Sophos Central Antivirus package for Windows
  3. Input your username and password when prompted by your web browser when downloading
  4. Save the file "SophosInterceptXSetup.exe" to your computer
  5. Once downloaded, double-click the "SophosInterceptXSetup.exe" installation package
  6. If you see a "Windows protected your PC" message please see instructions for handling this message.
  7. The installer will start, and perform pre-installation checks, which may suggest some necessary steps such as:
    1. Uninstalling other Antivirus packages
    2. Closing applications that could interfere with the install
    3. Apply any pending restarts before installing
  8. Once all checks have passed and the installer is ready, click "Install" to proceed.

8. The installer will download the latest antivirus software files from Sophos to your PC and register it with our license.
a. Please wait as the installer sets up your new antivirus software, it can take up to 10 minutes to install.

9. Once installed, the Antivirus software will start and work silently in the background

For questions or installation assistance, please contact the IT Support Centre:
Phone: 306-585-4685
Toll-free in Canada: 1-844-585-4685
In person at ED 137 or Archer Library