Installing Sophos Endpoint Security for Windows

On the following page you'll find information about downloading, installing and configuring Sophos Endpoint Security (previously Sophos Anti-Virus).

Selecting and downloading the package

We offer different packages of Sophos Endpoint Security for Windows, which have different purposes.

The location of your computer is important. If your computer is within the campus network, you should download the package including Remote Management System (RMS)

If your computer is regularly off-campus, you will need to download the version without RMS

You can only access the packages
  • anonymously in the campus network,
  • via VPN or
  • with a valid user account from the CAU Kiel.
You can not access the packages anonymously via the internet. This ensures the satisfaction of the license agreement.
Once a year (mostly end of February) the access will be updated. This means you will have to access the packages again using the methods above if your installation of Sophos Endpoint Security isn't able to update anymore.


For students and employees with Hermes-Mail-Konto for extern:


Sophos Version without RMS 
Sophos Endpoint Security Custom ses108cau_ext_custom.exe

For this version please enter your stu account data or your su account data for installing and being able to receive further updates. Those can be enabled by rightclicking on the d444fca9675277bbbb00386caf7c1b63.jpeg symbol at the task bar and selecting "Konfiguration" and then "Updates". Please enter your data and confirm with "OK".

Please rightclick on d444fca9675277bbbb00386caf7c1b63.jpeg in the task bar and choose "Jetzt updaten" and start the updateing process. Your Sophos will now be provided automatically with Updates until your account data is not valid anymore.


For employees without a Hermes mail account:


Sophos Version with RMS  without RMS 
Sophos Endpoint Security ses108cau.exe ses108cau_ext.exe


Installation of Sophos Endpoint Security (SES)

Having more than one antivirus software running simultaneously may lead to problems. This is why other present antivirus software may be automatically uninstalled during the installation of SES. You may keep installed older versions of SES under Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 and Server 2003/2008/2012 (R2).
You need to be logged in with administrative rights on your computer, otherwise the installation will fail. Choose the matching installation package and download it. You may receive a security message depending on your browser settings. Select "Execute" to start the installation process.
You can start or abort the installation of SES in the following dialog window.
By clicking "Yes" Sophos Endpoint Security will install Sophos AutoUpdate.
In the lower right corner of your screen ("system tray") a new symbol will appear (d444fca9675277bbbb00386caf7c1b63.jpeg) for the Sophos AutoUpdate. This service will now download Sophos Endpoint Security and notice you about future updates later. This step might take a while.
If you want to check the progress you can right click the icon and select "View updating status".
The installation package is preconfigured, so it is not necessary for you to make any changes.

Configuration of Sophos Endpoint Security

Settings of the antivirus components

You can access the main menu of SES by double clicking the Sophos Symbol (d444fca9675277bbbb00386caf7c1b63.jpeg ) in your system tray. You will find a menu item "Antivirus and HIPS configuration" , where you can configure the antivirus components. you can find a detailed information about the settings in the documentation. A link to the documentation is provided at the end of this article.


Manual Update

You are also able to manually update the Sophos Anti-Virus at any given time. Just right click the icon in your system tray (d444fca9675277bbbb00386caf7c1b63.jpeg) and select "Update now".



Further Information

Sophos documentation