Sophos Anti-Virus: the Sophos Temp directory is full of $$$ files

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You have one or more files with a $$$ file extension that very large (over 1GB in size) in one of the following locations:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\Temp
  • C:\ProgramData\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\Temp

First seen in

Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+


These are temporary files that have been extracted by the scanning engine while scanning an archive file larger than 1MB and are removed when the scan has successfully completed.

If a scan has been forcibly terminated (not cancelled) through ending a Sophos process then the file(s) will remain and must be removed manually.

What To Do

  1. Stop the Sophos Anti-Virus service (SavService.exe).
  2. Delete the $$$ files.
  3. Restart the Sophos Anti-Virus service.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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