Windows Security Center \ Action Center reports Sophos Anti-Virus out of date

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The Windows Security Center / Action Center on your computer reports one of the following errors:

Your computer may be at risk. Antivirus software might not be installed. Click this balloon to fix this problem.

Sophos Anti-Virus reports that it might be out of date.
Your antivirus protection may be out of date

Note: Customers running standalone version 10.0.12 may see these alerts from the 07th May 2015. An update is being rolled out to these computers to resolve the issue and will take place over the 07th and 08th May 2015.

For information on how Sophos Anti-Virus (SAV) is determined to be out of date and the changes in this process between later versions of SAV and earlier ones see article 11787.

First seen in
Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+ 9.5.5


  1. Your local installation of Sophos Anti-Virus is out of date.
  2. The Windows Security Center performs only basic checks and could incorrectly advise Sophos Anti-Virus is out of date when it is not.  It is a known issue that Windows Security Center may not report your anti-virus status properly.

Follow the instructions below to check that the affected computer has downloaded updates to Sophos Anti-Virus recently (according to its updating policy).

What To Do

If the computer has downloaded updates recently, you do not need to take further action.

Confirm your Anti-Virus installation is up to date

  1. On the endpoint computer open the Sophos main application (double click the Sophos shield).
  2. On the left hand panel select 'View product information'.
  3. Under 'Anti-Virus and HIPS' expand the 'Software' section confirm the 'Last updated' field is recent.
  4. Access the following folder:
    • Windows 32-bit - C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus
    • Windows 64-bit - C:\Program Files (x86)\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus
  5. Check this folder contains files with the extension 'ide' for the current (or previous days) date.

You should now be able to tell whether your installation is out of date or not.  See below for what to do next.

My installation is out of date

If your installation of Sophos Anti-Virus is out of date you need to check:

  1. Your computer it is connected to the network.
  2. Your computer can connect to the update source (a distribution share on your network or Sophos' warehouse).
  3. That the credentials for connecting to the update source are correct.
  4. There are no errors shown in the ALC.log file (in the main application, from the Home screen, select 'View updating log').
  5. If your update source is a network share, check that Sophos Update Manager has recently downloaded to the share, and that the share itself is not out of date.  Use the central console to do this.

My installation is up to date

As mentioned in the Cause section above the Windows Security Center only performs a basic check of the local Anti-Virus product.  It may incorrectly decide the Anti-Virus version is out of date.  Commonly the issue resolves itself once Sophos AutoUpdate performs a major update (i.e., a monthly engine update) and files the Windows Security Center checks are updated along with small identity files.

Though our Anti-Virus does work with the Windows Security Center if the local copy of Anti-Virus is up to date and you want to avoid the alert from the Windows Security Center you can disable the check. For more information see: Use antivirus software that Windows doesn't find.

Note:  Due to changes in the monthly maintenance release schedule, customers will receive the monthly release at staggered intervals over a longer period. A consequence of this change may result in Windows Security Center / Action Center advising your Anti-Virus is out of date.

Therefore if you are currently subscribed to the oldest VDL release within our 3 month rolling period you may see the above alerts appearing.

To resolve the issue upgrade to the latest release.

Si vous avez besoin de plus d'informations ou d'instructions, veuillez contacter le support technique.

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