Your Sophos console displays an Outbreak message in the computer list view or the computer details view (in the same location as named malware is listed). This article describes what this means and what to do about it.
Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Enterprise Console
A special alert which uses the term Outbreak, is displayed in the console when the Quarantine Manager on any given computer has 200 items listed in it. Typically:
When the Quarantine Manager has 200 items in it, it sends the Outbreak message to the console. Once this message has been sent, Quarantine Manager will not send any more messages until the number of items it contains is reduced to less than 200 (by whatever means).
It is possible to have one or many reports of an outbreak in the console depending on whether the message comes from only one endpoint computer or from many endpoints. Every endpoint computer on which the Quarantine Manager has 200 items in it, will send the message.
In order to most effectively clean up your system and identify the source of infection, use the Sophos Malware Remediation Toolkit (SMaRT).
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