Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+: how to check that web content scanning is functioning

  • Article ID: 45361
  • Updated: 12 May 2014

To check that Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+ web content scanning, is functioning, run a test using the EICAR test string.

Applies to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)
Sophos Endpoint Security and Control
Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows 2000+

What To Do

  1. Open Internet Explorer, browse to Click 'Anti-Malware Testfile'.
  2. Scroll down to the Downloads area, and click to download a copy of
  3. You should see a message in Internet Explorer, saying:
    'Blocked Request: location contains malicious content' and detailing the threat as the EICAR-AV-Test.

This indicates that Sophos web content scanning is working correctly.

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

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