It's important to keep in mind I've only been using this for a day so perhaps there are still pitfalls to be discovered I'm sure.
Pros:- Free (There is also a premium paid version that includes updates, support, and management.)- Scans for Linux malware (in addition to Windows malware).- Command-line interface- Easy to install- Easy to perform manual scans- Supports disabling on-access scanning- Supports disabling automatic updates- Using space-bar one can skip to the end of the license agreement during the installation process.
Re-distribution of the installer or other licensed Sophos files electronically or via physical media (such as recordable CDs) is not allowed.
Authorized users will always be able to download the latest version of the SAV software onto the target system directly from Computing Services' highly available servers.
This comes in handywhen doing re-installs.- Web-based graphical interface.- CLI installer- Supports several distros- Data collection by Sophos can be disabled- Comes as an all-inclusive download.- Commands are build around usage with a root account, rather than assuming the use of Sudo.
Cons:- Does not specify what percentage of their definitions are for Linux malware.- No information is provided on the quality of the definitions.- No direct download link is provided. There are a couple PDFs with instructions on their site: https:// https:// Command-line usage is awkard, some commands just require the executable name while others require the entire path.- No graphical installer- Data collection by Sophos is enabled by default.
In order to download you have to provide you name and email address, and acceptan agreement.- Not available in default APT software repos for Ubuntu, Debian, etc, or in Sophos managed repos.- No desktop GUI interface.- Not all featues available from the web-GUI. These are generic instructions, and should work for most distros assuming they use Sudo and meet the system requirements to run Sophos Antivirus For Linux.
For non-Sudo distros use the root account, remove "sudo" from the beginning of the commands, and use full paths.
I've not done any comparison of Sophos's malware definitions compared to their competators, but based on the features provided, my first impression of Sophos Antivirus For Linux is that it's the best anti-malware for Linux I've tried to date.Sophos seems to be built with root in mind, but I've not noticed any issues using Sudo.1. Type:(You only need to use Sudo when scanning files you don't own.Sophos antivirus uses a small set of data files that need to be updated periodically.You have a 30-day grace period in which to update your license.By default, Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows, OS X, and Linux automatically checks for the latest virus definition and engine updates every hour (60 minutes).It has both a CLI and (limited) web-GUI, an easy to use installer, it's FREE, and can be used for manual or automatic protection.