How to locally enable or disable the Sophos web content scanner in Sophos Anti-Virus 9

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This article describes how to enable or disable web content scanning on a local computer. 

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)

Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+ 9.7.0 

What To Do

The way in which you do this depends on which version of Internet Explorer is installed on your computer. The following procedures must be carried out on the computer on which you want to enable or disable scanning.

Internet Explorer 6, SP2, or later

In Internet Explorer, select Tools|Manage Add-ons.

  • To disable the web scanner:
    1. In the Name column, select Sophos Web Content Scanner.
    2. In the Settings panel, click Disable.
    3. A warning message is displayed, informing you that you have disabled an add-on, and that you may need to restart Internet Explorer for the change to take effect. Click OK.
    4. In the Manage Add-ons dialog box, click OK.
    5. Restart Internet Explorer.
  • To enable the web scanner:
    1. In the Name column, select Sophos Web Content Scanner.
    2. In the Settings panel, click Enable.
    3. A warning message is displayed, informing you that you have enabled an add-on, and that you may need to restart Internet Explorer for the change to take effect. Click OK.
    4. In the Manage Add-ons dialog box, click OK.
    5. Restart Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer 6 (with or without SP1)

These earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not provide simple administrative tools to manage browser plug-ins. Instead, use the Microsoft Autoruns tool, which you can download from the Microsoft website (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx).

The following procedure must be carried out on the computer on which you want to enable or disable scanning.

Launch Autoruns and in the Autoruns window click the Internet Explorer tab. In the section headed HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects:

  • To enable the scanner:
    1. Select the Sophos Web Content Scanner check box.
    2. Restart Internet Explorer.
  • To disable the scanner:
    1. Deselect the Sophos Web Content Scanner check box.
    2. Restart Internet Explorer.

 
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