Under normal circumstances, Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux should be run with the default settings. It is best to avoid unnecessary scanning because the more items to be check, particularly with on-access scanning, the more system resources will be taken up by scanning. For example, this could cause high CPU usage when starting up.
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Applies to the following Sophos products and versions Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux
If you need a non-default scanning regime the following settings are recommended:
On-access scanning of archived files can be useful when a server is checking files before forwarding them to client computers, for example as part of through traffic. Normally, On-access scanning of archives should not be used on a workstation nor should it be part of a standard network setup for the following reasons:
Due to different concepts on the Operating System layer, the following Sophos scanning settings which are available on Windows are not available on Linux:
Sophos Anti-Virus for Linux will scan all files that are opened and closed, not just executable and infectable files. On Linux this doesn't adversely affect system performance in the way it might on Windows.
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