HOW TO: Disable Sophos auto update at startup

When workstations startup and have the Sophos Anti Virus solution installed, the bootup is delayed because Sophos wants to update the anti-virus definitions. This is a most secure solution, but not preferred.
After a little bit of searching, i discovered a nice setting which delays the Auto-Update at startup.
I created a ADM for your convenience.

Use this ADM:

CLASS MACHINE

CATEGORY !!SOPHOS

KEYNAME "SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Sophos AutoUpdate Service"
POLICY !!ImagePath
PART !!SophosImagePath EDITTEXT EXPANDABLETEXT REQUIRED
VALUENAME "ImagePath"
DEFAULT "C:\Program Files\Sophos\AutoUpdate\ALsvc.exe -NoStartupCheck"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY

[strings]
SOPHOS="Sophos AutoUpdate"
ImagePath="Sophos AutoUpdate ImagePath"
SophosImagePath="Sophos Image Path"

Works like a charm..

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Posted on 14/09/2009, in Windows. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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