Sophos Bootable Antivirus

The Sophos Bootable AntiVirus (SBAV) is a tool that enables scanning and cleaning of an infected computer without the need to install and load its operating system in the computer’s local hard drive. The procedure is helpful in cleaning up an infected computer without the need to load its operating system that is installed on its local hard drive. This helps when the Master Boot Record (MBR) is infected on your computer.

Sophos Bootable Antivirus
  • The Sophos Bootable Anti-virus is a program that is provided for free as a Windows binary file .exe file.
  • To make use of the file, you can download the program on a Windows computer and then install it.
  • Once the installation is done, you can complete it with the run command.
  • The program will start and create an ISO file with the latest version of the Sophos Antivirus for the Linux operating system, including the recent virus protection updates.
  • The tool is helpful in booting the underlying Linux operating system and performs to run a scan of the computer.
  • It goes past the local operating system where no malware can be loaded, and the cleanup is possible.

There are two methods by which you can create the Sophos Bootable Antivirus:

  • Bootable CD
  • Bootable USB stick

Creating a bootable CD

  • Double-click on the bootable downloaded sbav_sfx file.
  • Accept the License agreement, and later on specify the installation location (default location is C:\SBAV\). Take note of the specified location.
  • Open the command prompt window. You can open the Run command by pressing the Windows + R button on the keyboard.
  • Type cmd then press the Enter button.
  • Type cd c:\sbav (or replace C:\SBAV with the location you noted in step 2). It runs in the memory and thinks that the C:\ is the working directory, so when the location is in the other drive, you can change the directory.
  • Type sbavc.exe sbav.iso in the cmd (you can replace sbav.iso with another name for the CD if desired) and press Enter.
  • The program will perform a series of steps:
  • It will download the Linux distribution file from Sophos and will verify the contents of the size up to 100 MB.
  • It downloads Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux program and verifies 50 MB of it.
  • It downloads the latest IDE files (approximately 500KB).
  • It creates the .iso file in the folder specified in step 2.
  • Close the Command Prompt window. If you have further queries regarding Sophos bootable antivirus tool, click the call button available on the screen.


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