Remove Sophos Antivirus system files

If you have read my post on uninstalling Sophos Antivirus for Mac 9 you may recall that I mentioned under the part about uninstalling with the script (but the same is true for running the main uninstaller application), that…

it removes all of the main parts of the program.  I say ‘main parts’ because the script may not remove every tiny bit of the installation but rest easy that the program has gone

It’s true – the program has gone, but it’s equally true that some file are lurking in rarely seen parts of the system.  Have I got you shivering at the thought of these files hanging around your beloved computer?

Sometimes you truly don’t feel clean again unless you have scrubbed a bit harder than is required – ‘no pain, no gain’ is the doctrine.  Hence some people go looking for every darned mention of ‘Sophos’ in the quest for purification.  If you’re screaming ‘yes, yes YES’ at the screen by now read on and be cleansed.

Note: Before followed the steps below ensure you have uninstalled SAV 9 with the proper uninstaller (either the remover application or the script).  These steps are to follow up after you have uninstalled.

Open a Finder window and select hard drive icon for your computer (so you are looking at the top level folder).


Search for the word sophos and click the + button as highlighted below.


On the Kind drop-down menu select Other.


Search the current window for system, select the attribute System files and click OK.


Change the value of the second drop-down menu (immediately to the right of the ‘Kind’ drop-down) from ‘aren’t include’ to ‘are include.  The Finder window now displays all the system files left over from the Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac 9 installation.

Tip: Look through all the files and make sure there is nothing you want to keep.  The best way is to scan down the ‘Name’ column and look for anything you recognize – it could be a file you created yourself or an email that mentions ‘Sophos’.  As the next step is to remove all the files don’t blindly delete everything without checking.  There shouldn’t be anything interesting listed but this tip is provided to cover the possibility.


Select them all and move them to Trash (e.g. with the Finder window active, from the menu bar select Edit > Select All.  Then again from the menu bar select File > Move to Trash).

Tip: Don’t be in a rush to empty the Trash immediately.  Reboot the computer and use the computer for a day before clearing out the files permanently.

You’re done!

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