Scan with Sophos Menu Appearing

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  1. mdrdsr, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    mdrdsr macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    I did a clean install (formatted HDD) of Lion. All is well, but today I noticed that if I do a right mouse click on a file, one of the menu options (near the bottom) is to "Scan Now with Sophos Anti-Virus". Prior to my clean Lion install I was running Sophos, but I have not reinstalled it. The menu option does not work and I get a crash report. Is anyone else seeing this menu option? I am running as an admin.

    Is there a way to remove this menu item?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You're wise not to reinstall Sophos, as it can actually increase your Mac's vulnerability. Antivirus software isn't needed to protect your Mac from malware.

    The only effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
  3. mdrdsr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    ThanksGGJ. What I don't understand is how this menu/service choice is appearing as I did a clean install (formatted the drive) with Lion. Is it possible that my backup drive that still contains a bootable clone of my old SL OS is making it appear? I did locate a plist file (attached) for sophos and I disconnected the backup drive and rebooted and the menu/service is now gone. Any ideas? I would really like to understand how that service appeared on a clean install of Lion.


    Attached Files:

  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    After the clean install, did you restore any data from your backup? You may have inadvertently restored the .plist.
  5. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

    Feb 26, 2011
    Cincinnati, OH
    Like GGJstudios said you must have copied the file back over. A clean install can't introduce files from SL. User error has to be involved.

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