Sophos Anti-Virus: error returned during scan - 0x8000ffff: Catastrophic failure

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  • Updated: 18 Aug 2010

Sophos Anti-Virus returns one or more of the following errors during a scan:

  • A SAV Interface error:

    0x8000ffff: Catastrophic failure
    This is typically seen in sav.txt when trying to scan various files .

  • Error in application event logs:
    no version of component messagedsfactory are registered
  • Sophos related .dll files such as componentmanager.dll in the event logs.

What to do

Run the following command from the command line for each DLL mentioned:
regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\Localisation.dll"
regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\ComponentManager.dll"

If this does not resolve the issue, remove all Sophos Anti-Virus components and re-install.

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

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